Data, legislation and policy

   Chapter V - overview

This chapter comprises the legal framework you’ll encounter when sharing and archiving research data and will discuss how to handle these issues in daily practice.

   Learning objectives

After this chapter:

  • You will be able to name the laws involved in handling research data, and give approximate descriptions of these laws;
  • You will have handles to advise researchers in balancing legislation and practice;
  • You will be familiar with the role of licences in sharing research data and you’ll be able to name different licence types.


After reading the first section, take a look at the cases and post your findings on the forum. At the end of the chapter you’ll furthermore find a number of quiz questions.