Research Data Repository

EPSRC Requirements

This repository allows grant holders funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to adhere to the RCUK principles on data policy ( ) and the EPSRC expectations on research data management ( ), to preserve, publish and disseminate research data.

As of 1 May 2015, the EPSRC expects the following from its grant holders:

1. All published research papers to include a statement describing how supporting research data can be accessed, e.g. by including a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for a supporting dataset in the paper. The Essex Research Data repository mints unique DOIs for each dataset.

2. Ensure that the research data that underpins a publication is accessible online at the date of publication of the paper. EPSRC does not have its own digital repository and does not specify where data should be deposited. Research data can be deposited in existing established data repositories, or in the Essex Research Data Repository.

3. For data where there is no intention to publish findings, publish metadata describing research data from the grant within 12 months of data being generated or if no clear date of data generation exists, within 12 months of the end of the grant. Metadata are published by creating a 'dataset' record in the Essex Research Data Repository. Then data and documentation files can be uploaded into the repository.

4. Publish sufficient information (metadata) to support the discovery and re-use of data. This can be achieved by depositing data in the Essex Research Data Repository.

5. State the reasons for any data access restrictions in the published data description (metadata). One key EPSRC principle is that publicly funded research data should generally be made as widely and freely available as possible in a timely and responsible manner; and that published findings can be scrutinised and validated by other researchers.

6. Preserve research data and make them accessible long-term for (a) as long as it underpins an available publication; and (b) at least 10 years after the latest access request. The Essex Research Data Repository will ensure long-term preservation and access.