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Research Data Management: Data Ownership & Access

Research data management planning, concepts, support, UC San Diego Research Data Curation Program

What Do I Own the Rights to?

  • Work produced without the use of University resources
  • Work produced outside of University employment
  • Work that is not sponsored, contracted facilities, or commissioned

(See UC 1992 Policy on Copyright Ownership)

Do I Own the Rights to My Data?

  • Data are not copyrightable (yet a particular expression of data can be, such as a chart or table in a book).
  • Data produced by UC researchers belong to the Regents of the University of California.
  • To promote sharing and unlimited use of your data, make your data available under a Creative Commons CC0 Declaration.
  • Researchers may or may not have the right to share data collected from other sources. Most databases to which the UC Libraries subscribe are licensed and prohibit redistribution of data outside of UC. For more information on terms of use for databases licensed by the Library, contact Tony Harvell, Head of Acquisitions

Provisions for Confidentiality

Open Access to Data

Panton Principles

"Science is based on building on, reusing and openly criticising the published body of scientific knowledge. For science to effectively function, and for society to reap the full benefits from scientific endeavours, it is crucial that science data be made open."

The Case for Open Data: Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee on the Next Web

A 16-minute talk by Berners-Lee, inventor of hypertext markup language, that makes the case for open linked data on the Web.