Data policy

    Main points

Data policy is understood to mean the whole of procedures and guidelines within an institute or collaboration that was developed for data management, archiving and sharing research data. The goal of such policy is to guarantee the advantages of sharing data, while simultaneously guarding against the (possible) risks.




Several stakeholders draw up their own policy regarding sharing research data. See the accordion for examples. Data archives also have their own policy in the shape of licensing agreements. This will be discussed in the following section. 


Examples of the data availability policies of a number of journals/publisher. 


Examples of institutional policy:

Research funders

For examples of data policies of research funders, see the sections Data management planning en Scientific integrity.


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  1. Nature. Availabity of data and materials. Retrieved from
  2. AEA. The American Economic Review: Data Availability Policy. Retrieved from
  3. Open Economics. (2013). Research data management in economic journals. Retrieved from
  4. PLOS ONE Editorial Policies. Retrieved from
  5. Melbourne University. (2013). Management of Research Data and Records Policy (MPF1242). Retrieved from
  6. KNMI. Data Policy for ECA&D and E-OBS. Retrieved from
  7. DCC, UK Institutional data policies. Retrieved from