UvA and AUAS policy
At the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) a policy for research data management is being developed. The UvA and AUAS endorse what has been agreed on in (inter)national collaborations.
In april 2015, the Executive Board has established central guidelines for research data management (RDM) at the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Faculties, research institutes and knowledge centers are now working on formulating local policies and instructions.
Netherlands code of conduct for academic practice
The UvA endorses The Netherlands code of conduct for academic practice (2004/2014) of the VSNU (Association of Universities). Research data management is mentioned a few times in the code:
- research is accurately documented (2.1, 3.1);
- the quality of data collection, data input, data storage and data processing is carefully monitored, and is properly reported (3.2);
- raw research data are stored for at least 10 years and are made available to other scientific practitioners at request (3.3);
- raw research data are archived in such a way that they can be consulted at a minimum expense of time and effort (3.4).
The AUAS conforms to the Code of Conduct Applied Research for Higher Professional Education (2010). This code of conduct requires researchers to:
- collect data as efficiently and effectively as possible;
- safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of respondents and stakeholders;
- be scrupulous when collecting, analysing and storing data;
- be able to justify the way in which the data were collected and analysed.
For scientific data there is, in certain cases, an exemption from the Law on the Protection of Personal Data (Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens).
This law prohibits the processing of so-called ‘special personal data’ (such as convictions about life, sexual proclivities, criminal past, etc.), unless it is for scientific purposes.
The law has been adapted to scientific research, especially in the Sociological and Behavioural Sciences, in the Gedragscode voor gebruik van persoonsgegevens in wetenschappelijk onderzoek [Code of Conduct regarding the use of personal data in scientific research] (VSNU, 2005).
The Department of Legal Affairs and the UvA/AUAS Data Protection Officer, C.L. Koppenol, may give advice on the use of personal data in research.
Other codes of conduct
Depending on your discipline, other codes of conduct may be important, e.g. regarding privacy, animal experiments, biosecurity and/or conflict of interest.