Keeping and publishing final data
Once you have finished your research, your data must be secured and kept available for a period of 10 years, according to the Netherlands VSNU Code of Scientific Practice. Wageningen University & Research acknowledges this VSNU code, which means researchers and PhD students are required to keep their data available for this period.
Get help with publishing your datasets and linking them to your publications
You can choose or be required to publish your data. Data Management Support offers several publishing services (see 'Publishing your dataset in a repository'), making use of the infrastructure of DANS and 4TU.Centre for Research Data. We then make the datasets visible in Staff Publications and link them to the appropriate publications.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. Individual researchers may be challenged to be transparent about the choices that they've made for Data Management and data sharing. These choices need to follow Wageningen University & Research's ethical guidelines. The Code of Conduct for Academic Practice states that raw research data should be kept for at least 10 years and in such a way that they can be consulted at all times with a minimal expense of time and effort. This means carefully thinking about Data Management Planning.
Following WUR’s research data policy, any datasets underlying research data should be archived in a repository.
Following WUR policy, datasets that underlie publications must be archived in a data repository. Such datasets should include all data files and documentation (additional explanation of these files) needed to reuse the data and verify any results presented in the publication. More information on what data to archive can be found on our page about data archiving.
Datasets that do not underlie any publications can also be published – this is in fact recommended if these datasets can be of value to other researchers. The flow chart below may help you to decide on whether to publish such data.