Publication: Research Data Management

How Research Data Management Plans Can Help In Harmonizing Open Science And Approaches In The Digital Economy

Authors: Dr. Abel Salazar, Bianca Wentzel, Dr. Sonja Schimmler, Prof. Dr. Roger Gläser, Prof. Dr. Schirin Hanf and Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Schunk (hte)

Chemistry - A European Journal, December 2022

Within this perspective article, we intend to summarise definitions and terms that are often used in the context of open science and data-driven R&D and we discuss upcoming European regulations concerning data, data sharing and handling. With this background in hand, we take a closer look at the potential connections and permeable interfaces of open science and digital economy, in which data and resulting immaterial goods can become vital pieces as tradeable items. We believe that both science and the digital economy can profit from a seamless transition and foresee that the scientific outcomes of publicly funded research can be better exploited. To close the gap between open science and the digital economy, and to serve for a balancing of the interests of data producers, data consumers, and an economy around services and the public, we introduce the concept of generic research data management plans (RDMs), which have in part been developed through a community effort and which have been evaluated by academic and industry members of the NFDI4Cat consortium. We are of the opinion that in data-driven research, RDMs do need to become a vital element in publicly funded projects.

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