Friday, September 30, 2016

RDA & CODATA join forces to guide research stakeholders in the land of intellectual property providing them with a set of practical guidelines for researchers dealing with the legal aspects entailed in the sharing of data.


The possibility to discover, access, and use heterogeneous data seamlessly from different sources and across domains and geographical boundaries is of crucial importance to accelerate progress in all research areas. Standardization efforts are necessary to enable an agile sharing of data based on common formats; technological solutions must be envisaged and developed to provide the needed e-infrastructures to allow interoperability and integration of data. Aside from technical aspects, there are also many other perspectives that must be considered, such as legal issues.

The following Principles on the Legal Interoperability of Research Data focus on all types of data that are used primarily in publicly funded research in government and academia:

·         One: Facilitate the lawful access to and reuse of research data.

·         Two: Determine the rights to and responsibilities for the data.

·         Three: Balance the legal interests.

·         Four: State the rights transparently and clearly.

·         Five: Promote the harmonization of rights in research data.

·         Six: Provide proper attribution and credit for research data.

The Principles and Guidelines for Legal Interoperability of Research Data document, detailing each of the six principles, has now been published. 

It will be considered for adoption at the RDA Plenary and disseminated globally to the different stakeholders in the research process this fall.