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SLU's data management policy updated

Published: 31 January 2024

In order to promote the transition to open science and to increase the quality, dissemination, impact and innovation of research, SLU has a policy for managing data from research and environmental monitoring and assessment. This policy has now been updated.

What's new in the update?

The content of the updated policy is largely the same as before, but with some additions and changes in wording:

  • Previously it was not specified when data should be made available, but the updated version states that data should be made available "as early as possible, as late as necessary".
  • The updated policy clarifies how cloud services can be used for data containing personal information: "To use a cloud service to store personal data, a data processing agreement must be in place with the service provider. Cloud services cannot be used to store or process sensitive personal data".
  • One addition is that research and environmental analysis data should not only be protected and classified, but also risk assessed.

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Brief summary of the policy

The policy describes principles for good data management at SLU, including data management plans, data storage, information security, access and archiving. The policy states, among other things, that:

  • data from SLU's research and environmental analysis should be as openly available as possible, with as few restrictions as possible;
  • SLU supports the FAIR principles, which mean that data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable;
  • all new research and environmental analysis projects and studies must establish a data management plan.

The policy also specifies the responsibilities of project leaders, heads of department and SLU, among others.

Data Management Support

Data Management Support at the SLU University Library provides support to everyone at SLU in matters related to the management of data from research and environmental monitoring and assessment, including publication, storage, and data management plans

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