Data policy at WUR

Wageningen University & Research has a policy in place for the storage, archiving and registration of research data.

Storage, archiving, registration, and Data Management Plans
WUR’s research data policy centers around the safety and accessibility of research data, both during and after research. The policy lists storage solutions that can be used during research to keep data safe from loss and corruption whilst accessible to certain (groups of) people. The policy also requires the archiving of datasets underlying publications as well as the registration of these datasets in WUR’s research output system Pure. As planning helps to meet these guidelines and to establish good data management practices in general, the policy also requires all PhD candidates and chair groups to have a Data Management Plan.

Read more about the regulations:

The definition of ‘research data’
The term ‘research data’ is not a legal concept. For the purpose of WUR's research data policy, research data refers to all material that is produced and/or analysed for research purposes. This made include a wide variety of information, such as video/audio material, code, numbers, and facts. WUR's research data policy applies to research data only and not to administrative (= not research-related) data. Research data can form part of a patent application, a copyrighted work or a database for which a database right applies. These rights provide its owner intellectual property protection.

What the policy is based on
The policy is based on leading principles in the area of research data management, such as the FAIR principles, and on national frameworks such as the Netherlands Code of Conduct of Scientific Practice. Data Management Support also interviewed researchers across the organisation to ensure the policy would relate to their current data management practices as well as possible. The regulations differ slightly between the four confidentiality levels used by WUR.

This blog post gives more information on how the policy was established.

Do you have questions about the policy? Contact Data Management Support.