Research Data

Research data is any information that has been collected, observed, generated or created to validate original research findings.

Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

Open data should be as open as possible and as closed as necessary!

FAIR Principles

The FAIR Data Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), published in Scientific Data in 2016, are a set of guiding principles proposed by a consortium of scientists and organizations to support the reusability of digital assets.

  1. Findable
    • findable data
    • DOI identifiers
    • data tagged with metadata
    • in a searchable service
  2. Accessible
    • clearly defined access conditions
    • whether metadata will be made available?
    • which data will be made openly available?
    • what software will be needed to gain access?
  3. Interoperable
    • open source - will it be possible to process the data?
    • will it be possible to exchange and reuse data by others from other institutions and countries?
    • will it be possible to combine the data with other collections from other sources?
  4. Reusable
    • will it be possible to reuse the data - when? embargo?
    • will the data be licensed?