International Guidelines

The DCC provides an overview of funder's data policies.

Digital Curation Centre - How-to Guides & Checklists
Several Guidelines and Checklists of different RDM topics are provided by the Digital Curation Centre.


Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework programme 2021-2027.
The Commission adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world.


European Union (EU) 2011:  8th Framework Programme - Horizon 2020

The "Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council" was adopted on November 30, 2011. It states the rules for the participation in the 'Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)' 
Article 40 Part. 2: "Subject to any restrictions due to the protection of intellectual property, security rules or legitimate commercial interests, each participant shall through appropriate means disseminate the results it owns as soon as possible. The grant agreement may lay down time-limits in this respect."


Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020

"Valuable information produced by researchers in many EU-funded projects will be shared freely as a result of a Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020. Researchers in projects participating in the pilot are asked to make the underlying data needed to vaidate the results presented in scientific publications and other scientific information available for use by other researchers, innovatiave industries and citizens.
The Pilot involves key areas of Horizon 2020:

  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Research infrastructures – part e-Infrastructures
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Information and Communication Technologies
  • Societal Challenge: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy – part Smart cities and communities
  • Societal Challenge: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials – except raw materials
  • Societal Challenge: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies
  • Science with and for Society

Projects may opt out of the pilot to allow for the protection of intellectual property or personal data; in view of security concerns; or should the main objective of their research be compromised by making data openly accessible.

The Pilot will give the Commission a better understanding of what supporting infrastructure is needed and of the impact of limiting factors such as security privacy of data protection or other reasons for pojects opting out of sharing. It will also contribute insights in how best to create incentives for researchers to manage and share their research data."

From: Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020


The NSF provides information on Data Sharing Policy and Data Management Plan Requirements


The foundation for DORA was laid on the edges of the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology 2012. In December 2019, the Declaration on Research Assessment was signed by KIT. The motivation for the declaration was the insight that there is a pressing need to "to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties” (Source: DORA).

The aim is to consider not only publications for the purposes of research assessment but also other research outputs (e.g. data sets and software). The importance of the "Journal Impact Factor" as the essential parameter for the scientific output of researchers and institutions is to be replaced, as it is on its own not a suitable tool for research assessment. It should be pointed out that the scientific content of an paper is more important than publication metrics or the journal in which it was published.


  • Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management
    This resource offers targeted guidance for organisations, scientific communities, as well as individual resarchers, to organise research data and preserve it appropriately.
  • Practical Guide to Sustainable Research Data
    This Practical Guide provides guidance to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of research data.
  • Managing and Sharing Data
    UK Data Archive, 2011. A brief guide about research data management.