Over the past years funding agencies and other initiatives released a number of principles and guidelines on how to manage research data. When conducting research projects funding agencies increasingly expect compliance with these guidelines and principles. While planning your research project and writing your proposal we recommend to study the relevant guidelines and clearly state how research data management will be implemented in your project.
A policy on the handling of research data and guidelines and recommendations on research data management were agreed upon by the senate of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena on December 20, 2016. Both documents were developed by a working group on research data management which consists of representatives of the university's central service facilities, the scientific community, the vice-president for research and the research data management helpdesk.
The policy on the handling of research data [pdf 170KB] provides a first overview over general recommendations and best practices while working with research data. The guidelines and recommendations [pdf 316KB] complement the policy and develop the general recommendations further.
Following the Memorandum on Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice (1998, 2013), in September 2015 the DFG senate adopted a new Guideline on Handling Research Data (PDF). A comprehensive compilation of principles, support and funding opportunities provides the DFG website Handling of Research Data.
At the end of 2013 the European Commission launched the Pilot to open up publicly funded research data ("Open Data Pilot"). The two most important guidelines are the Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020 (PDF, version 3.0, 26 July 2016) and the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 (PDF, version 3.1, 25 August 2016).
The so-called "FAIR Data Principles" which have been published in 2016 now have reached a certain level of acceptance and general approval. Besides the main points presented in the abridged version below further information on this topic can be found on the web sites of FORCE11 as well as in the article "The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship" by Wilkinson, M.D. et al. (2016).
F1. (meta)data are assigned a globally unique and eternally persistent identifier.
F2. data are described with rich metadata.
F3. (meta)data are registered or indexed in a searchable resource.
F4. metadata specify the data identifier.
A1 (meta)data are retrievable by their identifier using a standardized communications protocol.
A1.1 the protocol is open, free, and universally implementable.
A1.2 the protocol allows for an authentication and authorization procedure, where necessary.
A2 metadata are accessible, even when the data are no longer available.
I1. (meta)data use a formal, accessible, shared, and broadly applicable language for knowledge representation.
I2. (meta)data use vocabularies that follow FAIR principles.
I3. (meta)data include qualified references to other (meta)data.
R1. meta(data) have a plurality of accurate and relevant attributes.
R1.1. (meta)data are released with a clear and accessible data usage license.
R1.2. (meta)data are associated with their provenance.
R1.3. (meta)data meet domain-relevant community standards.