The enormous effort that goes into producing research data means that they are one of the most valuable goods of academic institutions. Making research data available as a transparent basis for scientific statements is part of good scientific practice. Therefore, it is essential for research data to be archived appropriately and to be made available to researchers wanting to conduct further analyzes (re-use). In recent times, numerous statements and recommendations have been published on this topic both nationally and internationally. These include those by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat). For further information see Context.
All these publications emphasize the positive effect of systematic research data management in numerous academic fields:
- It maximizes the visibility, efficiency, and transparency of research.
- Generating research data is labor and/or cost-intensive. Therefore, it should be made available for re-use and secondary analyzes.
- Quality criteria and diligence can help to handle the “data deludge”.
- Research data are a valuable investment good of academic institutions, and researchers are gaining more and more reputation for their publication.