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Research Data Management: Data Rights & Licensing

Resources for writing data management plans, preserving and sharing research data

Data Rights

When thinking about sharing research data, it is important to think about issues of data ownership.

  • Data itself cannot be copyrighted, although expressions of that data (such as charts or tables) can be.
  • Members of the growing Open Data movement believe that scientific research data should be placed in the public domain and have endorsed the Panton Principles.

Data Licensing

Licensing research data allows researchers to clearly define the terms under which the data is being shared. It also allows future users to be confident in their right to make use of the data. 


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