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HHU guidelines on research data management

10.12.2015 – HHU has agreed guidelines for the management of research data. All of the data from scientific and academic projects must now be stored in accordance with uniform standards. HHU is among the first universities in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) to introduce such guidelines.

In future, data created during scientific and academic projects must be stored at HHU in accordance with binding uniform standards and procedures, and thus remain accessible and usable. The new guidelines for research data management that have now been agreed form the basis. They define the central framework for working with the data collected, observed, simulated, derived or generated during research processes. The guidelines apply regardless of the discipline, format or method used. In particular, they cover primary data, secondary analyses, visualisations, models, analysis tools, object collections or products generated and used during scientific and academic work.

HHU strives with these guidelines to meet the clear requirements of research funders: as the most important asset and resource of scientific work, research data must be stored securely, kept accessible and rendered reusable. A state-wide survey conducted in September 2015 by the working group responsible for higher education institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia revealed that, to date, only two of the total of 33 higher education institutions in the state have introduced similar guidelines, namely Bielefeld University and the University of Wuppertal (BUW).

Download the guidelines (in German only)

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