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Code of Conduct for Research Data

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ALLEA – All European Academics has developed a code of conduct about good research practice and consist of four general principles, which should guide the research.

The principles are reliability, honesty, respect and accountability and are characterised in eight different contexts, and one of them is data management.

Below follows the aspects explicitly concerning the management of research data (primary material).

  1. Researchers, research institutions and organisations ensure appropriate stewardship and curation of all data and research materials, including unpublished ones, with secure preservation for a reasonable period.
  2. Researchers, research institutions and organisations ensure access to data is as open as possible, as closed as necessary, and where appropriate in line with the FAIR Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable) for data management.
  3. Researchers, research institutions and organisations provide transparency about how to access or make use of their data and research materials.
  4. Researchers, research institutions and organisations acknowledge data as legitimate and citable products of research.
  5. Researchers, research institutions and organisations ensure that any contracts or agreements relating to research outputs include equitable and fair provision for the management of their use, ownership, and/or their protection under intellectual property rights.

 

These aspects of good research practice should be taken into account when dealing with both digital and analogue research data. The other context could be found in “The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity” (2018).