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Open Research Data the New Norm in H2020

From 2017, the open publication of research data will be the new norm mandated by Horizon 2020, according to a recent publication from the EU. Applicants who do not intend to publish their research data in an open access repository will be required to actively opt out, and provide a reason for doing so.

The EU announcement follows closely on the heels of Horizon 2020's Open Research Data Pilot, which saw 65.4% of signed projects opt to share research data. Research data management should follow the FAIR principles for data sharing, ensuring that data are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-useable.

Under the new guidelines, project must have a Data Management Plan (DMP) that provides information on what data the project will generate, how the project will ensure its curation, preservation and access, and what parts of the data will be open. Importantly, data management costs are fully eligible for funding in H2020 applications -- an important aspect that DRI has consistently worked to support.


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For more information, see the updated H2020 Programme Guidelines on FAIR data management in Horizon 2020

DRI is a strong advocate for open science, open access, and open data, and has organised a number of seminars and workshop on the topic for Irish researchers, funders and policy makers. Most recently in this space, DRI co-organised a two day symposium on Open Science with the Health Research Board. DRI is also a funded partner in the Research Data Alliance H2020 Coordination and Support Action for RDA activities in Europe.