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Guidelines for handling research data at Leibniz Universität Hannover

Guidelines for handling research data at Leibniz University Hannover

Leibniz University Hannover is committed to the importance of research data in the process of scientific research. These guidelines and its principles are based in particular on the Alliance of German Science Organisations "Principles for the Handling of Research Data" and on the DFG (German Research Foundation) "Guidelines on the Handling of Research Data".


Reliable and responsible handling of research data is indispensable for the traceability of research and the dissemination of scientific findings. Therefore, research data should be managed, safeguarded, backed up and sustainable accessibility should be maintained in accordance with the recognised standards for each discipline. At the same time, legal and ethical requirements, as well as the differences and characteristics of the scientific disciplines must be taken into account.


Research data refers to all data that is collected and processed during the scientific research process. It forms the basis for scientific research findings. Depending on the scientific discipline, this can include very different types of data. Leibniz University Hannover adopts the DFG's definition of research data, which includes, among others, the following types of data "measurement data, laboratory values, audiovisual information, texts, survey data, objects from collections, or samples [...]. Methodical forms of testing such as questionnaires, software and simulations may also [...] be categorised as research data."

In addition to planning the handling of research data, research data management also includes its collection, processing, documentation, archiving and publishing. It ensures access, re-use, reproducibility and quality of research findings.


  1. In accordance with the principles for good scientific practice, project directors and independent researchers are obliged to prevent data loss, to prepare and document research data for sustainable (re-)use, and to ensure its long-term preservation.

  2. Leibniz University Hannover requests its researchers to store, archive and publish research data in subject specific repositories or in the university's institutional infrastructure - provided that this complies with legal and ethical requirements. This will enable research data to be freely accessible to the public, in accordance with the Leibniz University Hannover Open Access Resolution.

  3. Leibniz University Hannover advises its researchers to develop specific guidelines for their institutes or projects, which contain more detailed rules for handling research data. They should also systematically draft and implement data management plans as part of the project planning.
DFG guidelines for good scientific practice
Open Access Resolution at Leibniz Universität Hannover


Leibniz University Hannover supports its researchers in managing their research data by establishing a consulting and training programme that combines the expertise of the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Leibniz University IT Services and the department for Research and Innovation Services (department 4). An institutional data repository will also be provided. Up-to-date information is available on the university's research data management website.

The research data support team is happy to answer any guideline-related questions.