This draft concordat has been developed under the auspices of the UK Open Research Data Forum by a multi-stakeholder working group, which includes RCUK, JISC, the Wellcome Trust and Universities UK. The concordat aims to help to ensure that the 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 and regulatory frameworks and norms.
The concordat aims to establish a set of expectations of good practice with the intention of establishing open research data as the desired position for publicly-funded research over the long-term. It recognises the different responsibilities of researchers, their employers, and funders of research, however, it is not the intention of the concordat to mandate, codify or require specific activities.
On behalf of the working group, RCUK is now seeking views and comments on the concordat. We are not asking specific questions, rather we welcome your feedback on any aspects of the concordat and the value you think it will have for the UK, and wider, research community.
Feedback and comments should be sent to OpenData@rcuk.ac.uk by 28 September 2015.