Research process and data management
Below are information sources useful for research ethics management at each step in the research process.
Before launching a research project: Data management planning
Many organizations providing research grants have recently begun to require grant recipients to submit a data management plan.
- (Japan) “Data Management Policy for Strategic Basic Research Promotion Programs” (2016) formulated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST Home / Strategic Basic Research Programs / CREST / Manuals for researchers / Data Management Policy)
- (Japan) “Guidelines on AMED Research Data Utilization” (2020) announced by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development
- (EU) European Commission, Horizon2020 official standard presentation
Support tool for data management plan (DMP) formulation
The following DMP formulation support tools enable everyone to create an account for free and formulate DMPs to be submitted to various grant-providing organizations just by entering answers to questions. Templates and examples are also downloadable.)
- DMPOnline (Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh)
- DMPTool (University of California Curation Center (UC3))
During the research project: Research data storage
Researchers at Kyoto University are obligated to preserve “research materials which are the grounds of presented research discovery” (documents, numerical data, images, etc.) for “at least 10 years after the presentation of the said (sic) research papers.”
- Leaflet on research data preservation: “Research Data Preservation for Responsible Research @ Kyoto University” (in both Japanese and English)
- Matters ruled for the Preservation and Disclosure of Research Data as defined in Article 7- 2 of the Regulations regarding Promoting Research Integrity of Kyoto University (July 30, 2015 Enactment of ruling by Vice-President in charge of Research)
The Institute for Information Management and Communication, Kyoto University, operates a data preservation system whereby important information, including research data, is preserved and shared among those involved at Kyoto University as needed.
Data Preservation Service (Institute for Information Management and Communication, Kyoto University)
After completing the research project: Sharing research data
Sharing research data is significant from many perspectives, including the following:
- Ensuring the transparency and fairness of research works
- Meeting requirements imposed by organizations that provide research grants
- Helping research works have a positive impact by being directly quoted or reused
- Creating new research communities and leading to industry-academia collaboration
- Creating innovation through new discoveries and interpretations derived from the research works
- Making it easier for the authors to reuse their research data through appropriate management and preservation
- Producing educational effects on young researchers and students concerning data collection and analysis
- Obtaining a better understanding of research from citizens and taxpayers
In addition, there are growing trends among publishers toward publishing academic theses in journals only if the authors of the theses fulfill the obligatory (or recommended) condition of registering the data that provide the grounds for the theses on data repositories.
For details about support for sharing research data, click here to access the page “Support service for sharing data.”