Open Science Policy at the University of Southern Denmark

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On March 9th, 2018 the University of Southern Denmark adopted its first Open Science Policy [1]. The policy started as a research data policy, but was expanded with a section on Open Access, and thus included two of the elements of the Open Science family of themes. The work was done with the library as a main contributor but there was close collaboration with other stakeholders at the university: The Research and Innovation Organisation, the IT department, and the faculty research support units. These organisational units were all represented in the newly formed SDU Research Data Management Forum, and so this forum was perfectly equipped for the task. The policy was built on a framework published earlier (December 2016) [2] by the Technical University of Denmark, but with the added Open Access-part. To cover the whole university but at the same time respect the different local research environments at the department level, it was decided to make an overall SDU policy that would set the frame, and then help the departments create their own guidelines meeting the requirements at the university level. The overall policy has three elements: new projects must create a Data Management Plan, research data must be FAIR, and research results should be published Open Access. The departmental guidelines were revised in 2021 and included a commitment to the San Francisco [3] and Sorbonne Declarations [4] and lastly a recommendation of obtaining an ORCID profile for all SDU researchers.
The paper will describe the process of developing the policy and revising the departmental guidelines. It will showcase some of the differences in the guidelines from the departments. The policy of the Research Department of the library will be presented in full as an example [5]. The paper will describe the challenges met during the development, implementation phase, and the revision phase and discuss the possibilities for meeting those challenges.

1 SDU Open Science Policy,
2 DTU Policy of the retention of primary materials and Data,
3 The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment,
4 The Sorbonne Declaration on Research Data Rights,
5 The guidelines of the Research Department of the University Library of Southern Denmark, to be published.
Publikationsdato5. nov. 2021
StatusUdgivet - 5. nov. 2021
BegivenhedNordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy 2021 - Campusvej 55, Odense, Danmark
Varighed: 3. nov. 20215. nov. 2021


KonferenceNordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy 2021
LokationCampusvej 55


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