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Guidelines for handling research data at Leibniz Universität Hannover

Guidelines for handling research data at Leibniz University Hannover

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The guidelines have been updated in July 2020. The english translation is not yet completely finished. We are working on it.

Research data management support service 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"[1] and on the DFG (German Research Foundation) "Guidelines on the Handling of Research Data".[2]

Principles for handling research data of the Alliance of German Science Organisations  
Guidelines for handling research data of the German Research Foundation  

PREAMBLE

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 [und sich an den FAIR Data Principles[3] orientieren So wird sichergestellt, dass Daten und Metadaten auffindbar (findable), zugänglich (accessible), kompatibel zu anderen Systemen (interoperable) und nachnutzbar (re-usable) sind]. At the same time, legal and ethical requirements, as well as the differences and characteristics of the scientific disciplines must be taken into account.

[Die LUH unterstützt die Entwicklung einer angemessenen Anerkennung für ihre Forschenden, die ihre qualitativ hochwertigen Forschungsdaten nach den FAIR-Prinzipien in anerkannten Repositorien und Archiven zugänglich machen.]

Information of the FORCE11 group on the FAIR principles

DEFINITION OF RESEARCH DATA AT LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITY HANNOVER

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."[4]

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. [Die Verknüpfung der Forschungsdaten mit Metadaten während des Forschungsprozesses gewährleistet deren Auffindbarkeit und Nachnutzbarkeit. Eine Übersicht zu fachspezifischen und fachübergreifenden Metadatenschemata ist im RDA Metadata Directory zusammengestellt.[5]]

Metadata Directory of the Research Data Alliance

PRINCIPLES

  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.[6] [Sie sind für das Datenmanagement ihrer Forschungsvorhaben und -projekte sowie für die Integrität der erhobenen Daten verantwortlich.]
  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.[7,8] [Sie sollen mindestens für wissenschaftliche Zwecke frei verfügbar sein und zur Gewährleistung der Nachnutzbarkeit mit einer offenen Lizenz[9] und der Zitation mit einem Persistenten Identifier, z. B. DOI (Digital Object Identifier) versehen werden. Die Leibniz Universität Hannover empfiehlt ihren Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern für eine möglichst breite Nachnutzung CC0 oder CC BY-Lizenzen zu verwenden. Dies entspricht sowohl den Anforderungen der Förderer als auch den FAIR Data Principles.]

  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.

  4. [ Die Leibniz Universität Hannover empfiehlt ihren Fakultäten und Forschungsschulen den fachspezifischen Umgang mit Forschungsdaten in der Lehre zu verankern. ]
DFG guidelines for safeguarding good research practice
Open Access Resolution at Leibniz Universität Hannover
Website of TIB on open access
Creative Commons Licenses

SUPPORTING THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS

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 is also provided.[10] [Das Beratungs- und Schulungsangebot umfasst auch Fragestellungen zu ethischen und rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen. Dieses Angebot bündelt die Kompetenzen aus der Technischen Informationsbibliothek, den Leibniz Universität IT Services und dem Dezernat Forschung und EU-Hochschulbüro, Technologietransfer.] Up-to-date information is available on the university's research data management website www.fdm.uni-hannover.de/en.

LUH's institutional data repossitory
Research data management support service at Leibniz University Hannover

[1]     Alliance of German Science Organisations (2010): Grundsätze zum Umgang mit Forschungsdaten: http://gfzpublic.gfz-potsdam.de/pubman/item/escidoc:2949914:3/component/escidoc:2949913/Grundsaetze_Forschungsdaten_2010.pdf (last accessed 18 June 2020).

[2]     German Research Foundation (2015): Guidelines on the Handling of Research Data: https://www.dfg.de/download/pdf/foerderung/antragstellung/forschungsdaten/guidelines_research_data.pdf (last accessed 18 June 2020).

[3]    Information of the FORCE11 group on the FAIR principles: https://www.force11.org/group/fairgroup/fairprinciples  (last accessed 18 June 2020).

[4]     German Research Foundation (2015): Guidelines on the Handling of Research Data , p. 1.  https://www.dfg.de/download/pdf/foerderung/antragstellung/forschungsdaten/guidelines_research_data.pdf (last accessed 18 June 2020).

[5]    Metadata directory of the Research Data Alliance: http://rd-alliance.github.io/metadata-directory/standards/  (last accessed 18 June 2020).

[6]     German Research Foundation: (2019): Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice. Code of Conduct, p. 22. https://zenodo.org/record/3923602/files/code_of_conduct_dfg.pdf  (last accessed 18 June 2020) .

[7]    Leibniz University Hannover (2011): Open Access-Resolution der Leibniz Universität Hannover. https://www.uni-hannover.de/en/universitaet/profil/ziele-strategien/open-access/open-access-resolution/ (last accessed 18 June 2020) .

[8]     Website of TIB on open access: https://www.tib.eu/en/publishing-archiving/open-access (last accessed 18 June 2020).

[9]    Creative Commons Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/  (last accessed 18 June 2020).

[10]    Institutional data repossitory of LUH: https://data.uni-hannover.de/en/  (last accessed 18 June 2020).

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