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Research Data Policies

Research data management and sharing are fundamental to good research practice and increasingly mandated by research funders (research councils, charities and foundations). Most funders treat publicly funded research data as a public good, which should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible. Individual funders vary by how they expect this to be done and what support is available.

Individual funders’ policies are complemented by cross sector statements such as the RCUK common principles on data policy and UK Concordat on Open Research Data which lay out the general expectations for managing and sharing research data in Higher Education in the UK.

The University of Manchester recognises the importance of managing and sharing research data and the University’s Research Data Management policy outlines the responsibilities of researchers and the institution in this area. There are also several other University policies which have implications for data management, some of the key ones are listed below:

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