RECODE Workshops

Early Career Researcher Workshop on Open Access to Research Data 

University of Sheffield 14-15th May 2015

Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield, S10 3ER (view map)

Dear attendees,

We look forward to meeting you in Sheffield on the 14th of May for the workshop, which will assist you in thinking about your research data and its potential in new ways.  The workshop will guide you on how to make your data open by presenting best practice examples from Europe, and practical advice, grounded in the experience of our experts, who work within various fields of science, and data curation, protection and openness (The Digital Curation Centre, UK Data Archive and The Rights to Research Coalition).

Before the workshop we ask that you each study the research data landscape and its key players in your country and institution, keeping in mind the following questions:

  • Who sets the policy on science and research?  Have they set, or are they in the progress on forming policy on open access to research data?   If so, what is its remit and what demands are placed on researchers?
  • Which are the key research funding agencies relevant to your work? Have they set, or are they in the progress on forming policy on open access to research data?    If so, what is its remit and what demands are placed on researchers?
  • Is there a clear policy on legal issues and ethics in research?  If so, does it mention open access to research data?
  • Do you have a clear choice when it comes to depositing your data?  What are the key data repositories, if any?  What services do they provide?

We also ask that each participant bring a short printout of their data for the hands-on sessions (3-4 pages).  This is to make sure that you work with your own data and also to introduce participants to the wide variety of data out there.  If applicable, please make sure your data is anonymised as you will need to show it to other participants.

Workshop Programme

List of Resources

List of Participants

There are no formal arrangements for dinner on Thursday night but Halifax Hall offers evening dining – please see reception.  There is also a good selection of restaurants on Ecclesall Road, which is only a short walk from Halifax Hall (see map). (If you walk down Brocco Bank, take a left at Hunter’s Bar roundabout as there are more restaurants on that part of Ecclesall road.)


Introduction to open access to research data – findings of the RECODE project – Thordis Sveinsdottir, Trilateral Research & Consulting

4 Reasons to do open data – Joseph McArthur, Right to Research Coalition

Making data open in the humanities – Michael Pidd, University of Sheffield

Making qualitative data open – Libby Bishop, UK Data Archive

Making quantitative data open – Kevin Ashley, Digital Curation Centre

Data management and data management plans – Michael Pidd, Kevin Ashley and Libby Bishop

Ethical and legal issues in making research data open – Mark Taylor, University of Sheffield




RECODE final conference: Open Access to Research Data as a Driver for Open Science

Presentations and videos from the RECODE final conference are now available on the EKT website.

15 and 16 January 2015, National Documentation Centre (48, Vassileos Konstantinou Ave.) Athens, Greece.

Conference Program

Registration Form

The RECODE consortium will hold the project’s Final Conference “Open Access to Research Data as a Driver for Open  Science” on 15 and 16 January 2015 in Athens, Greece.  The Conference will officially launch the RECODE Policy Recommendations, which are derived from the previous work packages’ examination of key opportunities and barriers to the move towards open access to research data in Europe. The conference features international expert speakers from within the fields of within the open access and data sciences and offers a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with key stakeholders in the research data ecosystem.  Attendance is free but registration is required.



Past Workshops

Please use this link for the expense reimbursement form.


Workshop WP5: Policy guidelines for open access and data preservation and dissemination workshop — 25 September 2014, Meervart Conference Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The RECODE project held its final, policy recommendations workshop in Amsterdam on the 25 September 2014. RECODE has provided a forum for European stakeholders in the open access ecosystem to work together on common solutions. The project will culminate in a series of over-arching recommendations for a policy framework to support open access to European research data. This final workshop was addressed to policy-makers and decision-makers within the following categories:

  • Research funders
  • Research performing organizations
  • Data centers
  • Scholarly societies
  • Publishers
  • Scholarly communication and research management experts
  • Information specialists

We invited the above stakeholders and experts to provide their input to the project’s recommendations on open access policies to research data and their implementation. Participants were provided with a copy of the recommendations in advance of the workshop and invited to review and validate them. This open process was expected to enrich the recommendations further, giving participants the opportunity to make a direct contribution to the formulation of the policy recommendations and be part of the EU policy-making process.

A copy of the agenda can be found here.

Workshop WP4: “Institutional support for open access to research data” — 1 July 2014, Riga, Latvia.

There is growing consensus that open access to research data benefits science and society. However, institutions, including universities, research associations, libraries and funders, face various challenges in making open access possible. High on the agenda of many of these institutions are the following: evaluating and maintaining the quality and trustworthiness of data; training and developing the skills of researchers and other relevant stakeholders; advocating the value of open access; and securing funding. These issues have implications for institutional processes and require some level of institutional response.

The aim of this workshop was to develop a set of policy recommendations that provide support for institutions involved in making open access to research data possible. During the workshop we presented and discussed the findings of our research on the institutional policies and practices regarding data quality management, training, advocacy and financing.

A briefing sheet with information about the workshop can be found here.

The agenda from the workshop can be found here.



Workshop WP3: “Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe: Legal and ethical challenges” — 14 March 2014, 09:00 – 17:30, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Providing open access to research data implicates a number of potential legal and ethical challenges, including intellectual property rights, privacy and data protection, academic freedom, misappropriation as well as others. In order to fully realise the potential benefits of open access to research data, these legal and ethical challenges must be identified and good practice solutions must be sought.

This workshop examined the legal and ethical challenges and potential solutions associated with providing open access to research data. The workshop was a multi-disciplinary space where a range of different types of stakeholders will provide their perspective on the challenges identified by the research group, suggest additional or alternate challenges and identify and evaluate proposed good practice solutions to address these challenges. Workshop participants added their unique stakeholder and disciplinary perspective to the project’s initial findings in this area. Through their participation in the workshop discussions, participants also provided input into the policy recommendations produced in the RECODE project.



Workshop WP2: “Perspectives in understanding open access to research data – infrastructure and technology challenges” — 14 January 2014, Geneva.

Workshop WP1: “Stakeholder values & ecosystems”  4 September 2013, University of Sheffield.