Recently an important research ambition is to make research data accessible and re-usable, in order to empower citizens and communities, enable better research and convey socio-economic benefits, create new collaborations, enable scrutiny and greater transparency, increase research visibility, increase organisations profile.
Open access is a principle well embraced in co-produced research. However, data management is regulated by:
- laws on privacy
- copyright and freedom of information
- University and Research Council’s Governance
- Ethical Committees
The interplay of these different sets of regulations with co-produced research’s own regulations, result in a number of fascinating dilemmas. When trying to manage data in a co-produced multi-disciplinary research program, which produces text, visual data and artefacts we have encountered a number of challenges.
In attempting to solve these data management puzzles we undertook a program wide data management workshop in September 2015, at the University of Bristol. The main aims of the workshop were to illustrate the increasing importance of data sharing and get a sense of the puzzles encountered when managing co-produced data. With the objective of developing data management guidelines that can work for our program and co-produced research in general.
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