Dataverse UNIMI is university of Milan's Research Data Repository, built on Dataverse - open source repository software built by Harvard University.

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Fair Data

European Commission, as well as other sponsors, requires funding beneficiaries to make the resulting research findings available for open access.

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Data management plan is a structured document that describes what research data is created, how will be managed during and after the project.

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“Research data management concerns the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results. It aims to ensure reliable verification of results, and permits new and innovative research built on existing information.”

(from, Whyte, A., Tedds, J. (2011). ‘Making the Case for Research Data Management’. DCC Briefing Papers. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online)

Research data management concerns the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the collecting, dissemination and archiving of results.
Research Data Management is at the core of the research process; it makes the research process efficient and meets the requirements of many funders and institutions .

Research data management according to the FAIR principles represents a cultural change in the way stakeholders in the research, education and knowledge exchange communities create, store, share and deliver the outputs of their activity.

FAIR data are a significative part of the Open Science environment, and the University of Milan:
– endorses FAIR data principles and actions as a prerequisite for transparency, reproducibility and accessibility of research  findings;
– acknowledges the importance of data management for scientific research quality and integrity;
– is committed to adopt the highest standards for data collection, storage and preservation;
– proposes a Data Management Plan (DMP) model for data collection, documentation, storage, access, use and preservation;
– gives researchers an infrastructure to archive and publish their datasets.

A Data Management Policy  was adopted to formalise the full adherence to FAIR principles, establish the responsibilities, rights and duties of the University and of its researchers.

There are a number of reasons why there is an emphasis on Research data management and FAIR data, first of all the possibility to reproduce a research result being able to benefit from all necessary information and documentation.