Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Research data management

Recommendations and initiatives

Further information regarding recommendations, principles and initiatives of German and international research funders and institutions.

Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (German Rectors’ Conference, HRK)


  • A central strategic challenge for academia

The management of research data, the possibility of data networks, the permanent availability of and ready access to data, all require new and suitable infrastructures. University management is called up on to provide strategic control of these processes. It is asked to agree guidelines at their universities for dealing with digital research data and to enter into agreements with other universities, non-university research institutions and to support subject-specific data infrastructures.

(in: Recommendation by the 16th General Meeting of HRK, 13.05.2014)


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)


  • Good scientific practice

Primary data as the basis for publications shall be securely stored for ten years in a durable form in the institution of their origin.

(in: Proposals for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice (Recommendation 7), amended edition 2013)


  • Datamanagement plan at application

If your project includes the systematic collection of research data which could be re-used later, a plan detailing how this data will be transferred to existing databases or repositories should accompany your proposal. In such cases, it is often advisable to make contact with the operators of the appropriate infrastructures during the planning phases. This allows existing standards to be used, as well as enabling any costs involved in this step to be integrated into the proposal.

(in: Information for the Planning Phase - What is the relevance of the reusability of research data?, last updated: 13.08.2019)


  • Secured storage and availability of digital primary research data

Regulation of the storage and provision of the data should be specified right from the start in the scientist's work plan and should be stated in the funding proposals within the framework of the funding programme.

(in: Recommendations for Secure Storage and Availability of Digital Primary Research Data, 2009)


US National Research Council


  • Norm for public funding

The value of data lies in their use. Full and open access to scientific data should be adopted as the international norm for the exchange of scientific data derived from publicly funded research.

(in: Bits of Power: Issues in Global Access to Scientific Data, 1997)


Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI)


  • Open Access to scholarly literature

An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet. The public good they make possible is the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds.

(in: BOAI Declaration, 2002)


  • BOAI10 Recommendations: research articles and data

3.14. We encourage experiments with new forms of the scholarly research “article” and “book” in which texts are integrated in useful ways with underlying data, multimedia elements, executable code, related literature, and user commentary. [...] 4.5. The worldwide campaign for OA to research articles should work more closely with the worldwide campaigns for OA to books, theses and dissertations, research data, government data, educational resources, and source code.

(in: Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative: setting the default to open, 2012)


Berlin Declaration


  • Open Access to Scientific Knowledge

Establishing open access as a worthwhile procedure ideally requires the active commitment of each and every individual producer of scientific knowledge and holder of cultural heritage. Open access contributions include original scientific research results, raw data and metadata, source materials, digital representations of pictorial and graphical materials and scholarly multimedia material.

(in: Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, 2003)


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


  • Public investment

Sharing and open access to publicly funded research data not only helps to maximise the research potential of new digital technologies and networks, but provides greater returns from the public investment in research.

(in: OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding, 2007)


  • Benefit from sharing


Whatever differences there may be between practices of, and policies on, data sharing, and whatever legitimate restrictions may be put on data access, practically all research could benefit from more systematic sharing.

(in: OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding, 2007)


European Commission


  • A vision for 2030

Researchers and practitioners from any discipline are able to find, access and process the data they need. They can be confident in their ability to use and understand data, and they can evaluate the degree to which that data can be trusted.

(in: High level Expert Group on Scientific Data: Riding the wave. How Europe can gain from the rising tide of scientific data, 2010)


  • Data is the new oil

Taxpayers should not have to pay twice for scientific research and they need seamless access to raw data. We want to bring dissemination and exploitation of scientific research results to the next level. Data is the new oil.

(Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda on Horizon 2020, in: Scientific data: open access to research results will boost Europe's innovation capacity, Press release IP/12/790, 2012)


Knowledge Exchange (DEFF, DFG, JISC, SURF)


  • Data as scholarly result

Scientific and scholarly research nowadays results not only in publications but also increasingly in research data. Subsequently or parallel to the actual publications, research data sets are starting to have a life of their own as independent sources of information and analysis for further research. [...] To facilitate this, research data sets need to be discoverable and accessible in similar ways as publications are for purposes of validation and re-use in meta-analyses, simulation models and other types of studies.

(in: A Surfboard for Riding the Wave. Towards a four country action programme on research data, 2011)