May 22, 2022

New Journal Article: “Implementing a Research Data Policy at Leiden University”

The following article was recently published by the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC).


Implementing a Research Data Policy at Leiden University


Fieke Schoots
Leiden University

Laurents Sesink
Leiden University

Peter Verhaar
Leiden University

Floor Frederiks
Leiden University


International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC)
Vol 12 No 2 (2017)
Online: May 11, 2018
DOI: 10.2218/ijdc.v12i2.575


In this paper, we discuss the various stages of the institution-wide project that lead to the adoption of the data management policy at Leiden University in 2016. We illustrate this process by highlighting how we have involved all stakeholders. Each organisational unit was represented in the project teams. Results were discussed in a sounding board with both academic and support staff. Senior researchers acted as pioneers and raised awareness and commitment among their peers. By way of example, we present pilot projects from two faculties. We then describe the comprehensive implementation programme that will create facilities and services that must allow implementing the policy as well as monitoring and evaluating it. Finally, we will present lessons learnt and steps ahead. The engagement of all stakeholders, as well as explicit commitment from the Executive Board, has been an important key factor for the success of the project and will continue to be an important condition for the steps ahead.

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10 pages; PDF.

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