Research data management sections in ARC applications
The Australian Research Council (ARC) wants to maximise the benefit of Australia’s publicly funded research and states that increasing access to research data is part of this process.
- Since 2007, the ARC has encouraged researchers to deposit data arising from research projects in publicly accessible repositories.
- Since February 2014 the ARC has required researchers to “outline how they plan to manage research data arising from ARC-funded research.”
- The RDM outline should include information on how data will be collected, formatted, described, stored and shared throughout, and beyond, the project lifecycle.
- This requirement applies to all National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) applications.
- The requirement is consistent with the responsibilities outlined in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018, which include the proper management of research data and primary materials by researchers, along with institutional policies addressing data ownership, storage, retention and “appropriate access…by the research community”.
- The ARC emphasises that "Researchers, in consultation with institutions, have a responsibility to consider the management and future potential of their research data, taking into account the particular approaches, standards and uses for data that may exist in different institutions, disciplines and research projects"
- RDM contributes to the ‘Research Environment’ and ‘Feasibility & Benefit’ criteria.
- Australia, as an OECD member, is expected (not legally bound) to follow the guidelines and principles in the OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding (2007).