Characteristics of responsible research data management
In the European Research Area (ERA), there have been more and more intensive preparations of policies and requests for open access to research data for a number of years. In the programmes Horizon Europe and ERC there is an emerging request, as an obligatory practice in open science, for a Responsible Research Data Management (RRDM). The presentation will give the basic characteristics of responsible research data management, which are:
- pre-emptive planning of data management,
- data management according to the FAIR principles,
- creating enriched metadata,
- selecting and using trustworthy repositories,
- using appropriate licences and ensuring open access,
- permanent storage,
- sharing other research results required for repeating the research or for reusing the data in other researches.
At the end of 2021 the Scientific Research and Innovation Activities Act was adopted in Slovenia, which also determines data management according to the principles of open science. Implementing acts are being prepared, which will more precisely define the implementation of the law. Since Slovenia is a member of ERA, the implementing acts will largely have to be in accordance with ERA policies.
The presentation also wishes to point out the urgent need to establish the necessary national infrastructures for responsible research data management, which are:
- operation of trustworthy data repositories,
- software and hardware for permanent storage,
- establishing a system of data administrators network to offer support in data management.
An important connecting role in establishing these kinds of infrastructures can also be had by the emerging society for open science, which will include various Slovenian stakeholders of open science.