Policy Recommendations

Open Access

Open Access Overview provides some insight on the Open Access policy which advocates free access to scientific data, free of charge and legal or licensing restrictions.

The Very Brief introduction to Open Access establishes two different categories of vehicles for delivering OA to research articles: OA journals and OA archives and repositories. The main difference between the two is that journals perform peer-review of the data they receive before making it available to the public. Archives and repositories publish the data but do not spend time and money reviewing it.

DAF (Data Asset Framework)

The Data Asset Framework (formerly the Data Audit Framework) is a project led by the HATII which resulted a set of guidelines, policies and recommendations for data curation.

The DAF specifies a sequence of steps in the lifecycle of curated digital assets, which can be used as high-level model for an institution's data curation planning:

data asset framework steps

  1. Planning, defining the purpose and scope of the survey and conducting preliminary research.
  2. Identifying what data assets exist and classifying them to determine where to focus efforts for more in-depth analysis.
  3. The information lifecycle is considered to understand researchers’ workflows and identify weaknesses in data creation and curation practices.
  4. Pulling together the information collected and provides recommendations for improving data managementRoss09).

Ross09) Jones, Ross, Ruusalepp, 26 May 2009, Consulted on January 2011. Data Audit Framework Methodology.
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