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Homepage / Why restrict access to research data?

Why restrict access to research data?


There are many reasons that open access to research data might be inappropriate e.g. political sensitivities, health and safety risks or agreements with commercial funders.

The ‘open’ publication of anonymised data should be ruled out first, as using any kind of access restriction will most likely discourage some researchers from wishing to use your data. You should also remember that an embargo period can be applied to any data published in CORD.

Visit the Library Services website to read our guidance on when it may be appropriate the restrict access to your data, and about how to ensure it meets the FAIR principles.

If you have any questions or need further advice on sharing your research data, please contact our Research Data Manager.


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Written By: Greg Simpson

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