It's important to plan for sharing of research data from the start of you project.
A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a project deliverable and the initial version is due at the 6 month mark. This is not a fixed document and should be updated as the project progresses. A DMP is not part of the proposal evaluation but you can include details of research data management (RDM) under the ‘Impact’ criterion, for example, what standards will be used, how data will be shared and how data will be curated and preserved.
Your DMP should describe the data your research will generate, how you will ensure its curation, preservation and sustainability, what parts of that data will be open and how you plan to achieve this. One DMP should be prepared to cover all datasets, you do not need multiple DMPs.The Commission provides a template based on the FAIR data principles but you don't have to use their template. The FAIR data principles state that data should be findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable.
Research data must be deposited, preferably in a research data repository. You can use the Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data.org) to help find a suitable discipline specific repository. If no discipline specific repository exists consider using Zenodo. THis is a collaboration between OpenAIRE and CERN and allows researchers to deposit both publications and data and create links between them.
Metadata describing the data and contextual information about the data should also be provided, ensuring that the data can be reused.
An appropriate license should also be applied to the data. Because the data should be open the Commission's policies point towards using Creative Commons Licenses CC-BY or CC-0, for example.
It is possible to opt out of sharing your research data at any point during the project. However, you will have to provide justification for doing so.
It is possible to opt out under the following criteria:
For more information about Horizon 2020 Open Access Requirements for publications please see our guide below:
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