New guidance on managing and sharing data

Article dated: 24 March 2009

In January 2009, the UK Data Archive announced the release of its new suite of web pages providing guidance on data management and sharing. The pages provide data creators, data managers and data curators with best practice strategies and methods for creating, preparing and storing shareable datasets. Advice has been divided into a number of key areas or modules providing detailed information on each topic. front cver of Managing and Sharing Data These are:
  • sharing data - why and how
  • consent, confidentiality and ethics
  • copyright
  • data documentation and metadata
  • data formats and software
  • data storage, back-up, and security
A brochure of the guidance has been produced and was launched at the UKDA workshop, Sharing Research Data: Pioneers, Policies and Protocols on 13 March 2009. This event was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. The brochure has been peer reviewed by a number of key professional organisations who work with research data, including the research councils, the British Library, The National Archives (TNA) and the Research Information Network (RIN).

Printed copies of the brochure are available on request from publicity enquiries.