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Research Data Management Policy – University of Reading

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Research Data Management Policy

The University's Research Data Management Policy (PDF) sets out the requirements that researchers and research students must observe in the management, preservation and sharing of research data. Supporting Research Data Management Policy Guidance (PDF) explains the policy in more detail, and provides guidance on how to comply.

The University supports the principle stated in the UKRI Common Principles on Data Policy, that 'publicly funded research data are a public good, produced in the public interest, which should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible in a timely and responsible manner'.

Researchers and research students have a responsibility to take care of the data they collect while working and studying at the University, and to manage them in accordance with any relevant funders' policies. In particular, researchers are required, wherever possible, to preserve and share data that support published research findings by depositing them in a suitable data repository.

All research at the University, however it may be funded, is undertaken as part of our mission to promote wider social and economic benefit. We believe that the sharing of data supports open scholarly enquiry, promotes transparency in research, and allows for the greatest possible benefit to be realised from the resources invested in research.

Research data, by being well managed, can generate benefits for both the University and its researchers in terms of greater research impact, enhanced reputation, and increased return on investment.

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