Public Consultation on
Open Research Data
Head of Technology
Key recommendations I
• Publicly funded research data is a public good and should be shared
effectively to maximise the beneﬁts that arise from the public funding of
research. To achieve this the default position must be that data is open. We
support the use of the CC0 waiver and CC-BY licenses as the most
appropriate licenses for openness.
• We endorse the concept of “Intelligent Openness” from the Royal Society
report. Data must be accessible, legally usable, and technically usable to
maximise the beneﬁts from sharing.
• In speciﬁc and limited cases access to, or release of, research data should
be restricted. There is existing and appropriate best practice in this space
that can be adopted.
• To support and maximise the re-use of publicly funded research data
funders should promote and require best practice in data sharing and
explicitly monitor and reward those who can demonstrate the re-use of
• Research data should be made available from the place or places that best
support its discovery and re-use, preferably in subject speciﬁc repositories.
This will differ from domain to domain and between types of data. We do not
think that publishers websites are an appropriate location for the storing of
• Support for the development of infrastructure that tracks the usage and
discussion of data is crucial, we broadly support the ORCID initiative as part
of that infrastructure.
• Systems that support data citation and the tracking of usage are developing,
require support, and should be retained in the public domain. We recommend
and support the principles of the Amsterdam Manifesto on Data Citation.
• Funders need to act explicitly to demonstrate that they value data sharing.
This can be achieved through a) acting as exemplars of best practice in sharing
their own data b) supporting those that demonstrate and embody best
practice in datasharing and the development of new tools that support data
sharing c) requiring data sharing as a condition of funding.
Key recommendations II
(via Christopher Gutteridge)