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University of Oxford Policy

Univ of Oxford logo revIn July 2012, Council approved a new University of Oxford Policy on the Management of Research Data and Records.

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Summary of key points:
  • The research data covered by the policy is the information needed ‘to support or validate a research project’s observations, findings or outputs’
  • Research data should be:
    • Accurate, complete, identifiable, retrievable, and securely stored
    • Able to be made available to others
  • Research data should be retained for ‘as long as they are of continuing value to the researcher and the wider research community’ – but a minimum of three years
  • Specific requirements from funders take precedence
  • Researchers are responsible for:
    • Developing and documenting clear data management procedures
    • Planning for the ongoing custodianship of their data
    • Ensuring that legal, ethical, and funding body requirements are met
  • The policy applies to all members of the University who are engaged in research
  • The University is responsible for providing access to the services, facilities, and support needed to allow researchers to comply with the policy