BBSRC launches policy to share research data
1 May 2007
New ways of making sure that UK scientists can make the most of the huge amounts of data coming out of bioscience research are outlined in a policy published today by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
"Our new policy makes it clear that we expect scientists to share data as an integral part of their research," said Professor Julia Goodfellow, BBSRC Chief Executive. "And we will provide funds to enable them to do this."
The new policy has been developed following consultation with the research community1. It sets out BBSRC's expectations with regard to data sharing, and the determining of standards and best practice.
Under this policy, all scientists applying for BBSRC research grants must provide a detailed statement on research data sharing. This will be assessed alongside the rest of their application.
Dr Amanda Collis, BBSRC Head of Tools and Resources said that the new policy would help to create a research culture in which data sharing is embedded, and that this is expected to help stimulate new research ideas and partnerships between research groups.
Notes to editors
1 A two-stage, web-based consultation on the formulation of BBSRC's Data Sharing Policy took place in 2005/2006.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk
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