Good data stewardship creates novel research opportunities. Scientists, patients, and the general public will benefit from new scientific knowledge, treatments, and applications that result from sharing high-quality data.
Data stewardship constitutes an essential part of science. Good data stewardship helps you organise and responsibly perform your research, increasing its quality. Promoting optimal (re)use of research data (Open Science) is one of the ambitions of the Netherlands (Nationaal Plan Open Science) and the European Union (EOSC Declaration). Future science and scientists will benefit from the efforts that are made today (Open Science 2030). New collaborations, discoveries and innovations will arise from reusing your research data across research fields and disciplines. Both patients and the general public will benefit from new scientific knowledge, treatments and applications that result from shared, trustworthy data.
On top of that, data stewardship is necessary to:
Scientific research at UMCs often involves patients and patient data. Therefore, HANDS devotes special attention to patient participation, privacy and data security, throughout the research data lifecycle. The guidelines in HANDS align with most common practices at the UMCs, and align with research practices at other institutions such as universities.
Several legal requirements and codes relate to data stewardship:
European laws and regulations
Dutch laws and regulations
Institutional requirements and codes
Research field-specific codes and guidelines
Research funders require varying degrees of data stewardship efforts. Many research funders request that you:
Recently, KNAW, NWO and ZonMw have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). As a consequence, scientific output other than publications that has scientific and/or societal impact (such as data, software, code, patents, etcetera) will be part of determining quality. Also, there may be growing interest in how much (or often) research data were shared and with whom, when applying for funding