Örebro University offers advice and support for researchers and postgraduate students at the university throughout the research data process. The advice and support of management, availability, storage, and preservation of the research data.
If you already have research data which you want to make available “openly” or just describe it for other researchers to find, this could be done through either Swedish National Data Service or another subject-specific data repository.
In those cases, a journal requires to make the research data available at publication this could be done at the Swedish National Data Service. This since the right to the research data will still be at responsible principal research organisation/entity than transferred to the publisher.
If you want to get advice and support considering management, availability, storage, and preservation of your research data contact the Open science coordinator. The coordinator will help you, as a researcher, with questions about the data management plan.
If your research group, department/institution or faculty know more about making research data available, or data management plans, send a query to the Open science coordinator for a lecture, short course or workshop.
Research Data Definition
Since research disciplines use different concepts to describe the material which is the foundation for reasoning, discussion and calculations, a general definition of research data is needed at Örebro university. Research Data focus on digital material to create a distinction with analogue material, Research Material, and a better understanding of this concept.
In order to keep it a general conceptual explanation, it is valuable to link it to an existing definition of the Research Data concept, especially the larger funding bodies, such as the European Union. Since there is no national definition of research data, the definition from the European Unions Horizon 2020 are the following:
“[Research Data] Refers to information, in particular facts or numbers, collected to be examined and considered as a basis for [scientific] reasoning, discussion, or calculation.
In a research context, examples of data include statistics, results of experiments, measurements, observations resulting from fieldwork, survey results, interview recordings and images. The focus is on research data that is available in digital form.
Users can normally access, mine, exploit, reproduce and disseminate openly accessible research data free of charge.”