How does the Academy deal with its research data?

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) promotes reuse of research data, also within its own research institutes. The basic principle is one of complete open access, except when prohibited by legislation, for example for reasons of privacy or public safety. 

Once acquired, data can be of great scientific value, with datasets being reused or combined. Doing so can also be of value to society, for example in understanding how people behave or in anticipating trends more effectively.

See also: How does the Academy deal with its research publications?

The Academy’s data principles

The Academy’s data principles can be summarised as follows:

  • Data generated by publicly funded research is a public asset, collected in the public interest for the benefit of everyone. This also applies if the research project has been privately funded (either entirely or partly).
  • Research data and the software used in processing it must be stored securely and permanently. It must be properly documented and traceable.
  • Research data and its processing software should, in principle, be openly available, as quickly as possible and with minimum restrictions on reuse. 
  • Academy researchers demonstrate integrity and transparency when dealing with research data. They are clear when they are using data generated by others and comply with the conditions for using it.
  • If Academy researchers deviate from these principles, they explain why.