Love Data Week and EUI ResData for preservation and sharing research data outputs

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The 4th international Love Data Week takes place from 11 to 15 February to raise awareness of data management plans; data management during research projects; data protection and copyright; data preservation and repositing; open data sharing; and data management in EU Horizon 2020. EUI ResData is a solution for preserving and sharing research data outputs. To submit a dataset for inclusion, please complete this online form. Library staff will generate metadata to describe the dataset, and make an appointment for data transfer…

  • When presenting datasets for reposit, it is important to include documentation and, where applicable, data code.
  • The EUI Guide to Good Data Protection Practice in Research provides information on data protection, database copyright and ethical use.
  • EUI members who are required to submit a data management plan – either as part of a funding proposal or during a research project – should contact the Library for assistance: [email protected]  Data management plans are short documents, providing details of how data is generated and/or sourced; how data is used, elaborated and organised; how data, and data subjects, are protected; how data, tools and ancillary elements are described and documented; how data is stored and secured, and how long it will be retained; how data authorship and credit are assigned; how data is preserved and how, whether, and under what terms, research data outputs can be shared.
  • Data should be carefully managed throughout the duration of the research project. Particular attention should be given to data input; quality control; dataset design; folder structure; file structure; file naming; variable naming; software format; documentation and codebooks; security and backup during the project; data protection (in particular, obtaining and documenting informed consent of data subjects and anonymisation); copyright; preservation; archiving; data citation and – where possible – sharing data outputs as open data.
  • The Library maintains the EUI ResData repository a solution for the preservation and sharing of EUI research data outputs. To submit a dataset to the repository, please complete this online form. The Library can assist with the preparation of datasets for reposit in EUI ResData; the completion of the online submission form; and metadata descriptors.
  • EUI project managers who are preparing EU Horizon 2020 applications are required to submit preliminary information about data management in the proposed project. That section of the application is evaluated by the European Commission under the criterion ‘impact.’ When completing the general information section of the Horizon 2020 application, EUI project applicants should address the following questions: (i) What types of data will the project generate/collect? (ii) What standards will be used? (iii) How will the data be exploited and/or shared for verification and re-use? (iv) If data cannot be made available, explain why (v) How will the data be curated and preserved? The EUI Library assists project managers with the data management sections of funding applications and data management plans.
  • The Library maintains an indexed Data Portal which (i) provides access to licensed data resources for EUI members and (ii) introduces open data resources of relevance to EUI research themes. All resources in the Data Portal have an individual guide with (i) Data description and scope (ii) Time-period coverage and release/wave information (iii) Support links (online manuals, software transfer routines, user networks) (iv) Terms and conditions of access and use. The re3data registry of research data repositories and Google Dataset Search can be used to locate open data resources.
  • EUI Data Portal
  • EUI Research Data Guide
  • EUI ResData repository