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FAIR data & Open Science

Open Science is a global movement that aims to make scientific research and education accessible and to enhance their dissemination. Open Science practices span educational materials and the entire research process, and create new opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and engagement between academia and society.

The University of Groningen (UG) is committed to actively stimulating and facilitating Open Science principles among our academic community:

Open science and FAIR data

The DCC stimulates open science practices at the UG by helping its researchers to make their data FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. The FAIR principles were introduced in 2016 and have become the norm for practicing open science and responsible data management:

  • Findable - easy discovery by both fellow researchers and computers
  • Accessible - availability to others, under well-defined conditions
  • Interoperable - easy integration and sharing across systems and platforms
  • Reusable - others can reuse your data for new research and reproduce your results

FAIR does not necessarily mean that data is openly available to everyone. There can be reasons to restrict access, for instance when this affects the privacy of participants, intellectual property rights or commercial interests. Also research data with restricted access can still be FAIR. The UG asks you to make your research data ‘as open as possible and as closed as necessary’.

Last modified:07 June 2022 10.01 p.m.