Research funders' policies for the management of information outputs

Added by Sarah on 17 January 2007

A report on the policy and practice of major UK research funders in managing the information outputs produced by their supported researchers.

This study provides a comparative overview of how different groups of funders expect the researchers they support to manage and provide access to the information outputs from their research. It also describes funders’ corporate approach to the use of information as part of the overall research process.

Research and development (R&D) activity accounts for £22 billion of annual expenditure in the UK, and information is one of the biggest products of that investment. But funders’ policies in relation to the management of those information outputs vary significantly, partly because of the different contexts in which they operate and the different communities they serve. Differences in policy, and in views as to where responsibility lies, both in policy development and in the provision of information services, mean that researchers do not receive from funders a consistent view as to how they should handle the information outputs they produce.

To obtain a broad view of the landscape, the study examined the policies and practice of a selection of around 25 of the largest research funders across the public, voluntary, and private sectors including: the seven research councils, seven universities, a selection of government departments, research charities, and industries that invest significantly in R&D in the UK.

This study was undertaken by Rightscom.

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