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Research Data Management 

The University Library offers special services and information for researchers


Data Management Support from other departments

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A data management plan (DMP) is a written document that describes the data you expect to acquire or generate during the course of a research project, how you will manage, describe, analyze, and store those data, and what mechanisms you will use at the end of your project to share and preserve your data.

There are many types of OA, but the two main routes to making research outputs openly accessible are “Gold Open Access” and “Green Open Access”.
Gold OA involves publishing articles or books via the OA route on a publisher’s platform. Green OA involves archiving a version of the manuscript in an OA repository, like SDU Pure. Content published via the Gold OA route is accessible immediately on publication at the publisher’s website, but may come with a hefty fee.

Manuscripts published via the Green OA route may, in many cases, be made accessible only once a self-archiving embargo period has elapsed. The terms for onward sharing and re-use of OA content will depend on the licence under which it has been made available. (Adapted from SpringerNature)

You can apply for SDU library to pay the cost of publishing OA in non-hybrid journals through the OA fund here. Please note, funds are limited and distributed on a first come first serve basis. To learn more about publishing OA, such as “How to find a suitable OA journal or repository for your publications” visit this OpenAIRE web-guide.

What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen of PhD comics take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about.

FAIR research data is data that has been prepared in accordance with the FAIR guiding principles published in 2016. These principles contain good data management practices that aim at making data FAIR: findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.

"Data" refers in this context to all kinds of digital objects that are produced in research: research data in the strictest sense, code, software, presentations, etc. However, for the sake of simplicity, we use "data" and not "digital research objects" on this website.

FAIR research data can improve the reproducibility of published research and ensure that research data are used to their full potential to the benefit of society.


To learn more about FAIR research data, watch this 20 minute video e-Learning module that aims to help researchers understand:

1. The key elements that help make research data discoverable, accessible, interoperable and reusable
2. How these key elements are used in different research disciplines and different research workflows
3. The differences between FAIR data and open data

This video e-Learning module is the result of a collaboration of the Danish universities, Rigsarkivet and the Danish e-Infrastructure Centre (DeiC). Holmstrand, K.F., den Boer, S.P.A., Vlachos, E., Martínez-Lavanchy, P.M., Hansen, K.K. (Eds.) (2019). Research Data Management (e-Learning course). DOI:10.11581/dtu:00000047


The website will take you on a deep dive into the subject matter of FAIR research data. Over the course of about two hours, it will show you that FAIR is not a time-consuming administrative mantra, but a set of principles that makes your research efficient, transparent and sustainable. Working in line with the FAIR principles to make your data more FAIR will improve your research data management and safeguard your research data for the future.

This website is the result of a collaboration of the Danish universities, Rigsarkivet and the Danish e-Infrastructure Centre (DeiC). D.B. Deutz, M.C.H. Buss, J. S. Hansen, K. K. Hansen, K.G. Kjelmann, A.V. Larsen, E. Vlachos, K.F. Holmstrand (2020). How to FAIR: a Danish website to guide researchers on making research data more FAIR. DOI: 


The SDU Data Management Forum is a local implementation of the National Forum for Research Data Management. We work on and develop SDU’s services on data management, Open Science, GDPR, and other legal questions.


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