RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT POLICY
Collaborative Research Centre 1316 (CRC 1316) – Research Data Management Policy
Research data are a central output of scientific disciplines. They promote the increase of the scientific knowledge base and are the basis for future research projects. The documentation of research data should follow subject-specific standards. The long-term archiving of research data is important for the quality assurance of any scientific work, but is also a fundamental prerequisite to allow the reusability of research results.
This research data policy expresses the commitment of the researchers within the Collaborative Research Centre 1316 (CRC 1316) and follows the guidelines of the research data policies of the German Science Foundation and of the research data policy of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum:
- The research data should be archived and/or published in the long term in a suitable trustworthy data archive or repository. They are part of the scientific output of the researchers.
- The project leaders and independent researchers are responsible for the research data management of their research projects. In particular, they are obliged to ensure compliance with good scientific practice and professional standards. All persons working on a research project are responsible for the correctness of the data they collect and for compliance with the regulations they have established. Research data management is to be seen as an integral part of the research project. The researchers are responsible for the research data management of their research projects.
- The members of the CRC 1316 observe ethical, data protection and copyright or secrecy-worthy interests in research data management. This does not affect the examination of research data in terms of the German Employee Invention Act. When transferring rights of subsequent use or publication, care should be taken to ensure that the data remains freely available for scientific purposes. The protection of personal data, copyright and the legitimate interests of third parties shall remain unaffected. In the event of a transfer of subsequent use or publication rights, care is taken to ensure that the data remain freely available for scientific purposes.
- The CRC 1316 promotes and supports free access to research data. It recommends making research data as well as scientific publications publicly accessible as early as possible in accordance with the RUB Open Access Resolution. In the event of a transfer of subsequent use or publication rights, care is taken to ensure that the data remains freely available for scientific purposes. However, researchers are not obliged to make research data available to persons outside the project team prior to processing, evaluation and publication, subject to disclosure to commissions. Contractual agreements also remain unaffected.
- The CRC 1316 is adapted to the basic research data infrastructure of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and, thus, ensures appropriate storage and technical availability of digital research data. Digital research data will be stored and archived in the RUB's IT and information infrastructure or in recognized external or internal specialist repositories. External partners may use the RUB IT infrastructure or guarantee to use a similar infrastructure to ensure appropriate storage of digital research data.
- Research data can be published in the repository of the research department plasmas with complex interactions (RDPCI): rdpcidat.rub.de. Every project leader is granted access to this platform and is supported by the RDPCI staff to publish his or her research data. They are part of the scientific output of the CRC 1316 researchers. This research data should be archived for at least 10 years.
- The groups of the CRC 1316 appoint a data steward who advises the scientists on entering data and metadata into the repository.
- The PIs of CRC 1316 commit themselves to follow discipline specific metadata standards.
- The CRC 1316 participates in the further development of the metadata standards in coordination with the working group of the plasma physics association of the DPG.
Information event on Research Data Management
On March 2nd, the SFB 1316 together with the SFB-TR 87 and RDPCI hosted an information event on the implementation of a Research Data Policy for the research groups.
As research data management has evolved to be a significant part of today’s research, there is an urgent need to implement a system to store and access all research data. The system should enable interdisciplinary research and re-use of research data at a high quality and standard structures. These standard structures are especially challenging as there are several research and documentation methods in the field of plasma physics.
A Research Data Repository of the RD Plasma is currently developed in corporation with the INP Greifswald.
In addition, the participation in the joint project „Quality assurance and networking of research data in plasma technology – QPTDat” (German title:„Qualitätssicherung und Vernetzung von Forschungsdaten in der Plasmatechnologie – QPTDat"), which is funded by the BMBF, should improve the research data management and help to implement standard structures.
- The Research Data Repository of the RD Plasma can be found here..
- Information on the QPTDat project can be found on the project website. More information in German can be found here.