Answered By: Monique Ritchie
Last Updated: 23 Jan, 2015     Views: 57

The Library's Research Support Services team provides support for research data management. We can advise on University research data management requirements in the Research Integrity Code for all staff and on the Research Councils' requirements for research data and how to comply.

If you receive funding from a UK Research Council, you are required to make your research data freely accessible and discoverable online, or where a valid exception applies, such as for personal or confidential data, information about the data location and on what terms it can be accessed. The Library can give guidance on acceptable exceptions to the requirements.

Additionally, if you receive funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), it has a mandate in place requiring that research data is routinely made freely accessible and discoverable online for all active grants by 1 May 2015. Where no exceptions apply EPSRC data must be published online.

For all data, public or not, RCUK funded researchers must send the following to the Research Data Manager:

  • a basic description of the data, including keywords for metadata to aid discoverability
  • your research grant code
  • data location details: eg a URL or DOI for publicly available data; or details of format, where and how it is stored and a data contact for embargoed data
  • for embargoed data, justification for the embargo and term of protection (eg until publication, patents granted)

This information will be used to manage external data access requests appropriately and to create and maintain a public register of Brunel University London research data which you can use to demonstrate compliance with your funder requirements.

Contact the team at researchdata@brunel.ac.uk and see links for further information on University and funder research data management policies and general issues.