Service Center Research Data Management

Policies, Guidelines and Recommendations

TU Berlin Research Data Policy

Since 2019, TU Berlin has a Research Data Policy that applies to all researchers working at the University. It specifies that they are responsible for:

  • Handling research data in accordance with the FAIR principles across the entire research data lifecycle;
  • Publishing research data in accordance with legal and contractual requirements;
  • Storing research data for a minimum of 10 years; and
  • Drawing up and updating data management plans.

There is also a set of guidelines on how to implement the Research Data Policy.

Statute on the Safeguarding of Good Academic Practice at TU Berlin

The "Statute on the Safeguarding of Good Academic Practice at TU Berlin" contain legally binding regulations for researchers at TU Berlin. They were fundamentally revised on the basis of the DFG Code of Good Scientific Practice in 2023.
The following regulations apply to the handling of research data:

  • Research data are to be kept for 10 years at the TU Berlin or in cross-site repositories.
  • Research data are to be published if there are no legal reasons to the contrary.
  • Researchers document all information relevant to the creation of a research result.
  • Researchers shall make documented agreements on the rights of use of research data at the earliest possible point in the research project.

Developing your own RDM guidelines

It is a good idea for work and project groups to draw up their own internal standards for handling research data. Why?

  • They ensure structured, efficient use of the research data created.
  • They enhance collaboration within the group.
  • They help new group members familiarize themselves with the requirements.
  • They create transparency - both inside and outside the group.

We would be glad to help you develop internal RDM guidelines for your group. This could take the form of a consultation or a customized workshop, for example.

The FAIR Principles

In 2016, an initiative formed by a group of researchers, libraries, archives, publishers and research funding organizations published four key principles on data handling in the journal Nature. Many academic papers and research data policies reference these principles. The FAIR Principles comprise four objectives on handling research data:

  • Findable (and citable);
  • Accessible;
  • Interoperable; and
  • Reusable (which means it has to be understandable too).

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