10 Datasets now available in Library ResData repository for preserving and sharing EUI research data outputs

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The Library has completed the beta test phase of the new ResData repository infrastructure. Ten EUI-generated datasets are now available for open data sharing. There are over 50 sub-sets. EUI members from all departments and centres are encouraged to submit research data outputs for preservation in the multi-disciplinary ResData repository. The new repository is compliant with the open data mandates of EU Horizon 2020 and other international science funding programmes. The EUI Library offers specialist advice regarding the preparation of data for reposit, data protection and data copyright – which helps EUI members determine if, and when, their data is suitable for open data sharing with, or without, embargo.

Datasets in EUI ResData include electoral system indicators measuring voting and candidacy rights; time-series data on adjusted consumption expenditures and equity returns; and multiple European democracy indicators. Data from both large collaborative projects and individual research projects can be reposited.

ResData is the EUI’s second institutional repository – complementing the Cadmus publications’ repository – and is the third pillar of the EUI Library’s research data strategy: (i) Library Data Portal (ii) Library Data Services and (iii) Library ResData repository.

To submit a dataset to ResData, EUI members should complete this online form. EUI Library staff will arrange an appointment to provide advice on metadata, file-naming, format, structure, and whether data should be archived under embargo – or made available as open data. Scholars should provide documentation and/or codebooks as applicable. The uploading of data, and ancillary files, is by Library staff.

Datasets presented for inclusion in the EUI ResData repository must be the output of research by a current EUI member, or member of a research team. The name of the Principal Investigator, researcher(s), and – if applicable – technical collaborator(s) who created the dataset, must be provided. EUI email contacts must be indicated. If the project is undertaken in the context of a consortium, the name of the Data Manager should be provided (if different from the Principal Investigator).

Dataset as original work and source(s) of data: Dataset creators must certify that their work complies with the Code of Ethics in Academic Research of the EUI. Scholars will be required to sign a declaration that they are creators of the dataset being presented for reposit, and that the dataset is the output of original data collection and elaboration; or is the output of significant, value-added, elaboration of pre-existing sources. The source(s) of the data must be indicated. If the dataset is the output of original data collection and elaboration, details must be provided. If the dataset is derived from pre-existing sources, those sources must be clearly indicated (data creator, institutional source, publisher).

Permission to share dataset as open data: EUI members submitting a dataset for inclusion in the EUI ResData repository must state whether the data can be shared as open data or not – taking into consideration data protection and data copyright.

Data Protection: Persons, families and households cannot be identifiable in any dataset. Depositors are responsible for obtaining the informed consent of subjects for the collection and processing of personal data. Dataset creators are responsible for the anonymisation of data observations. See OECD guidelines: “The default position should be that personal data is not collected, processed or shared without informed consent.” The EUI guide to Good Data Protection Practice in Research gives further information on data protection.

Database copyright: Research data outputs which are elaborated from pre-existing copyrighted sources may require permission before being reposited and shared. It is not possible to publish a dataset containing significant portions of data sourced from pre-existing databases governed by contractual license. The Library will provide advice where necessary.

For further information, please write to Thomas Bourke: [email protected]

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