More about the Open Research Data Pilot

All you need to know about Horizon 2020 and Open Research Data.
"Research data lifecycle diagram - showing the different stages a package of research" by Jisc and Bonner McHardy (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Participating areas

For the 2014-2015 Work Programme, several areas of H2020 are participating in the Open Research Data Pilot

What to deposit?

The Open Research Data Pilot applies to two types of data:

  • Data, including associated metadata, needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications ('underlying' data).
  • Other data, including associated metadata, as specified and within the deadlines laid down in the ‘data management plan’ (see below).

At the same time, projects should provide information via the chosen repository about tools and instruments at the disposal of the beneficiaries and necessary for validating the results, for instance specialised software or software code, algorithms, analysis protocols, etc. Where possible, they should provide the tools and instruments themselves.

As far as possible, projects must take measures to enable third parties to access, mine, exploit, reproduce and disseminate this research data, for example by attaching an appropriate Creative Commons License to the data (CC-BY or CC0).

Where to deposit?

The most appropriate place to deposit could be a subject-based repository, an institutional repository or a centralised repository. The and Databib registries are useful sources for identifying data repositories. Alternatively, Zenodo may also be used as a data repository.

When to deposit?

As soon as possible for the research data. Other data should be deposited within the deadlines laid down in the ‘data management plan’ (see below).

What is a Data Management Plan?

Participating projects are required to develop a Data Management Plan (DMP), detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

If your project is taking part in the Pilot on Open Research Data, you must include a Data Management Plan as a distinct deliverable within the first 6 months of the project. More elaborated versions of the DMP can be delivered at later stages of the project. The DMP would need to be updated at least by the mid-term and final review

The DMP deliverable should be in compliance with the template provided by the Commission: see Annex 1 to Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020. The Digital Curation Center (UK) has created DMPOnline, a web-based tool that assists researchers in creating H2020-compliant data management plans.

Are there incentive and supporting measures?

Costs relating to the implementation of the pilot will be eligible. Specific technical and professional support services will also be provided (e-Infrastructures WP).

Can a project opt in the Pilot Action on Open Research Data?

Yes, H2020 projects not covered by the scope of the Pilot may participate in the pilot on a voluntary basis. The project consortia that decide to participate in the Pilot on a voluntary basis will include article 29.3 (Model Grant Agreement) in their grant agreement and will be monitored along with and receive the same support as all other projects participating in the Pilot.

How to comply with confidentiality obligations?

The H2020 open access mandate "does not change the obligation to protect results in Article 27, the confidentiality obligations in Article 36, the security obligations in Article 37 or the obligations to protect personal data in Article 39, all of which still apply." (article 29.3 in Model Grant Agreement, p.60 "Open access to research data").