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Research Data

Science Europe promotes the sharing and re-using of FAIR research data as this can generate impact well beyond their initial purpose, and is indispensable to verifying and building on previous research findings.

Why does research data matter?

Research data are a primary output of research. Sharing and re-using quality-assured data is considered good scientific practice. It allows research findings to be verified or reproduced based on the original data, and it increases the value of the initial investment: researchers can build on previous results without having to spend money on reproducing data.

Sharing and re-use of data are strongly promoted in the current move towards Open Science. Initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) play an essential role in this promotion.

What are the current aims and objectives of Science Europe?

Good research data management throughout the research process helps researchers to plan how, when, and where to share which data. Many research funding and research performing organisations have respective policies in place, especially for data management plans. Science Europe aims to align such policies and requirements across Europe.

This will make things easier for researchers from different organisations or disciplines to work together, and for researchers who change funders or home institutes. It will also make it easier for research organisations to evaluate data management plans and implement their own policies.

Science Europe also aims to ensure the sustainability of research data, including their long-term storage and accessibility. This requires research organisations and research data infrastructures (RDIs) to establish the necessary framework conditions, including organisational policies, technical preparedness, financial solutions, and training.

What is Science Europe doing to achieve these aims?

Science Europe actively promotes the principle that research data should be FAIR: findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable. It works with its Member Organisations and other stakeholders to align policies and procedures, and to provide clear guidelines to support researchers in their data management.

Science Europe is highly engaged in the development and promotion of the European Open Science Cloud. It supports the uptake of the EOSC in all of its activities on research data.

Together with experts from its Member Organisations, Science Europe has issued several publications on data management. These provide practical guidance to aligning policies across disciplines (2018) and across organisations (2019/2021). It has also provided best-practice examples from organisations that have successfully implemented data management policies to help guide organisations still setting them up. See also our page on Research Data Management.

Science Europe also works on creating a common understanding of the approaches needed for the sustainability of research data. It is currently developing a tool that will support organisations to assess their current status regarding sustainability, and to set objectives in line with their priorities. The tool is expected to be released in spring 2021. See also our page on Sustainable Research Data.

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Country Organisation Acronym Name
Austria Austrian Science Fund FWF Katharina Rieck
Belgium Fund for Scientific Research F.R.S-FNRS Jean-Claude Kita
Belgium Research Foundation Flanders FWO Alexandra Vandervelde
Denmark Danish council for Independent Research DFF Johanne Thorup Dalgaard
Finland Academy of Finland AKA Harri Hautala
France French National Research Agency ANR Zoé Ancion
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Michael Royeck
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Stefan Winkler-Nees (Chair)
Ireland Health Research Board HRB Patricia Clarke
Ireland Health Research Board HRB Sharon Kappala
Italy National Institute for Nuclear Physics INFN Tommaso Boccali
Lithuania Research Council of Lituania LMT Artūras Kaklauskas
Lithuania Research Council of Lituania LMT Ramunė Rudokienė
Luxembourg National Research Fund FNR Tom Jakobs
Netherlands Dutch Research Council NWO Hans de Jonge
Netherlands Dutch Research Council NWO Maria Cruz
Norway Research Council of Norway RCN Anne Elisabeth Solsnes
Poland Foundation for Polish Science FNP Barbara Wajnchold
Poland National Science Centre NCN Laura Bandura-Morgan
Portugal Foundation for Science and Technology FCT Filipa Pereira
Romania Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation UEFISCDI Alina Irimia
Spain Spanish National Research Council CSIC Fernando Aguilar
Spain Spanish National Research Council CSIC Joaquín Tintoré
Sweden Swedish Research Council VR Sanja Halling
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Isabel Bolliger
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Cornelia Sommer
United Kingdom UK Research and Innovation UKRI Geraldine Clement-Stoneham
United Kingdom UK Research and Innovation UKRI Mark Thorley

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