The Ten Principles

(August 12th, 2016) Four of the UK’s leading research organisations have launched a concordat that proposes a series of clear and practical principles for working with research data.

The Concordat on Open Research Data has been developed by a UK multi-stakeholder group and is a set of expectations of best practice reflecting the needs of the research community. This concordat will help to ensure that research data gathered and generated by members of the UK research community is made openly available for use by others wherever possible; in a manner consistent with relevant legal, ethical, disciplinary and regulatory frameworks and norms, and with due regard to the costs involved.

The ten principles are:

  • Open access to research data is an enabler of high quality research, a facilitator of innovation and safeguards good research practice.
  • There are sound reasons why the openness of research data may need to be restricted but any restrictions must be justified and justifiable. (Restrictions may include: Data licensing agreements or disproportionate costs of preserving or supplying the data.)
  • Open access to research data carries a significant cost, which should be respected by all parties.
  • The right of the creators of research data to reasonable first use is recognised.
  • Use of others’ data should always conform to legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks including appropriate acknowledgement.
  • Good data management is fundamental to all stages of the research process and should be established at the outset.
  • Data curation is vital to make data useful forothers and for long-term preservation of data
  • Data supporting publications should be accessible by the publication date and should be in a citeable form.
  • Support for the development of appropriate data skills is recognised as a responsibility for all stakeholders.
  • Regular reviews of progress towards open research data should be undertaken.


While there are four initial signatories to the concordat, there has been wider consultation with the research community and their feedback and input helped shape the final text.

Nicola Perrin, Head of Policy at Wellcome Trust, one of the four initial signatories, said: “The Concordat sets out core principles to guide the research community in ensuring that research data can be accessed and used in ways that will accelerate discovery and maximise benefits to society. Importantly, it recognises that not all research data can be shared openly, and that there is a need for all researchers to plan how they will manage and share data as an integral part of planning their research.”

Adapted from Press Release provided by Research Councils UK

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Last Changes: 09.08.2016