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Research data management principles and responsibilities

This morning the University’s Research and Enterprise Committee approved several recommendations put forward by its Research Data Working Group. Among these was the adoption of a new set of research data management (RDM) principles and responsibilities.

The principles are designed to support the University’s research data policy and roadmap, and follow a similar pattern to those in use at a number of other universities.  The group hope that these will clarify the university’s expectations of good practice in research data management as well as enabling those bidding for external funding to demonstrate their compliance with funders’ requirements.

The principles and responsibilities are outlined in this document and replicated below.

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University response to HEFCE consultation on open access and the REF post 2014

hefce80The university has responded to HEFCE’s first consultation on open access and research assessment post 2014.

In support of their objective of increasing the proportion of research outputs that are made available in open access form, HEFCE’s proposals centred on the requirement that all research outputs submitted to future assessment exercises should be made open access as soon as possible after publication:

To support and encourage the further implementation of open access we intend to introduce a requirement that all outputs submitted to the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise are published on an open-access basis, where this is reasonably achievable and where, given the medium in which the output is presented, the concept of ‘open access’ applies.” (HEFCE, 2013, para 8)

HEFCE requested responses focused on several key issues, as follows: Read the rest of this entry

HEFCE consultation on open access and submissions to the REF post 2014

hefce80In July 2012 HEFCE announced that it would consult with the HE sector on how to ensure the widest possible access to research outputs submitted to post 2014 REF exercises.

The first step of the planned two-stage consultation process is a letter inviting institutions and individuals to comment and advise on the consultation proposals.  Broadly speaking, these cover:

  • Funding body expectations for open access in post 2014 REF
  • The role of institutional repositories
  • Embargoes and licences
  • Exceptions
  • Monograph publications
  • Open data

The University of Northampton Research and Enterprise Committee will be sending a response to HEFCE and welcomes your input to this.  Please leave a comment below or email Miggie Pickton with your response.

HEFCE’s deadline for responses is 25 March 2013 so your input by 18 March 2013 would be appreciated.  Thank you.