Policy to govern the management of research data

Updated on 14 July 2023

This policy establishes a set of principles to govern the management of research data.

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This policy is intended to cover active Research Data sets that are of potential current or future interest or value to the field. It will not apply where there are legitimate legal, ethical and/or commercial constraints on data use.

The University recognises that there is an increased requirement from funders to manage, share and provide open access to Research Data, and acknowledges that the wider benefits of this approach can include additional public interest and funding, increased validation of results, efficiencies through data re- use and novel use of existing data.

For the purposes of research assessment, the University recognises the value and impact of research outputs such as datasets and software, and their potential use as indicators of research impact, such as influence on practice.

For clarity, this policy applies to all Research Data, regardless of whether the research is externally funded or subject to funder mandates. This policy applies to all staff that are authorized to use the University’s name and services in the course of their research, including post graduate students and visiting, honorary and emeritus staff. NHS and clinical trial data may be subject to additional governance as specified by the Director of R&D, Tayside Medical Sciences Centre (TASC), NHS Tayside.



Hannah Whaley

Director of Library Services

Corporate information category Research governance