Horizon 2020 and Open Access

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
Here is a three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics:

Open access to scientific peer reviewed publications has been anchored as an underlying principle in the Horizon 2020 and is explained in the Regulation and the Rules of Participation as well as through the relevant provisions in the grant agreement (see Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement, October 2015 with information about open access on the pages 216-219).

A new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs) detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a Data Management Plan is required for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot.

Ask the library to know more about the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 and the Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020.

Why you should manage your research data

JISC is publishing a new guide: “How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers.An introduction to engaging with research data management processes.”
JISC is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions.
This guide provides an introduction to engaging with research data management processes and is dedicated to researchers and research data management support staff.

As for JISC, most of the activities involved are: naming files so you can find them quickly; keeping track of different versions, and deleting those not needed; backing up valuable data and controlling who has access to your data.

Research data life diagram_v4.ai

Apart from this very interesting and useful guide, JISC recommends the following training programmes available online, mostly originating from Jisc funding:

  • Mantra – a free online course designed for researchers or others who manage digital data as part of a research project
  • TraD – includes a blended learning course for those in (or expecting to be in) research data management support roles
  • RDMRose – an open educational resource for information professionals on research data management

Managing and sharing your research data

managingThe LSE Blog publishes a review of the Book “Managing and Sharing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice” written by Louise Corti, Veerle Van den Eynden, Libby Bishop & Matthew Woollard.

Emily Grundy, author of the review says that this guide can be useful for students and researchers because data sharing has become much easier due to technical advances which have simplified the procedure of acquiring and processing data. However, the whole business of depositing, managing, acquiring and using data responsibly has become more complicated, not least because of the wealth of data sets of different types now available.

Chapter 1 sets out the case for managing and sharing research data. The authors argue that published findings should be replicable, and publicly funded research should be regarded as a common good. Moreover, duplicating data collection exercises is wasteful and may also tend to increase response burden (if people are asked to participate in multiple surveys) and lead to lower response rates.

Subsequent chapters follow with more guidance on planning for data sharing throughout the data life cycle, documentation, data management, formatting and storage. Chapter 7 considers in more detail the legal and ethical issues involved in sharing research. This includes a consideration of statistical disclosure techniques, an important and expanding area of research and practice which is often poorly understood. Suggestions are made about how to reduce risks of being able to identify individuals in data sets, in addition to removing personal identifiers. All of this is sensible, although such practices do limit the potential for further use in ways that may not be foreseen at the time of deposition.

Read more here