"Two forces are currently impacting the research community - the need to protect individual privacy regarding information and the push towards open access to data - and the outcomes are not yet clear." - Barbara Jasny(1)
Until recently, access to research data in the Netherlands was only regulated by The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice(2). This code demands raw research data to be saved for a minimum of ten years and made available to third parties upon request.
In 2011, the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) substantially expanded the drawn-up principles. Scientists with an NWO grant are now required(3) to disclose their data for further scientific research, even after these ten years.
Granting access to research data is not enough to be actually allowed to use the data. The information below shows the rights and obligations that you as a data generator and data user may encounter (cf. the report ‘The legal status of raw data: a road map for research practice'(4)).