Good Research Data Management doesn’t mean that you’ll forfeit your right to exclusive first use of your data.
Most funders allow you to embargo your results for a well-defined period of time to enable you to publish your findings and file any patents related to your research.
You will need to outline any proposed embargo periods at the beginning of your project in your Data Management Plan, and these proposed periods will need to be both justifiable and justified.
Data refers to anything which underpins a research output, and can exist in any media.
‘Data’ includes things like audio-visual recordings, digital images, objects, software, interview transcripts, survey results, sketchbooks and lab notes, as well as Excel Spreadsheets and SPSS documents, so most researchers will work with data of some form.
If you have not created any new data as a result of your research, you do not need to upload your evidence to e-space.
However, you are obliged to include a data access statement on any published outputs that states that you have not created any new data. You should also include information about how to access any third-party data you may have used during your research.
The first and most important re-user of your data is you. Even if you believe that your data will be of little or no interest to others, storing your data in a secure repository ensures that you are able to retrieve and understand them if you wish to work on them in the future.
It is difficult to predict which data will be interesting or important to you or others in the future. For example, while old ship logbooks and gardener's notebooks may not seem immediately obvious sources of scientific data, they are currently being used by researchers investigating climate change.
For these reasons, you are required to deposit your research data with a responsible repository, whether or not you envisage them being of long-term value to the research community.
Yes, most repositories (including e-space) will accept data recorded in languages other than English, although English is preferred.