Research Data Management is becoming more and more important and researchers need to be aware of different internal and external requirements. On the other hand, research institutions and policy makers are currently establishing guidelines and infrastructures to help researchers comply with these new challenges.

In January 2015, a national strategy for research data management was launched by a cooperation between the Danish e-infrastructure Cooperation (DeiC), Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF) and the Danish Rectors’ Conference.

Eight Danish research institutions (DTU, University of Copenhagen, Roskilde University, University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, Copenhagen Business School and the IT University), the Royal Library, the National Library and the State Archive are participating in the national cooperation to implement the strategy and coordinate data management activities.

The Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity was released in November 2014 and was developed by a work group installed by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, and Universities of Denmark. The code shall help ensuring credibility, integrity and thus quality of research in Denmark through common principles and standards for good scientific practice. The code is to be applied in both public and private research institutions, including universities, research councils, foundations and companies. The code also covers research data management.

The European Union places more and more emphasis on Open Science including Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data. As part of the Horizon2020 initiative, the EU has introduced an Open Research Data Pilot within seven dedicated fields of research.

An increasing number of journals have requirements regarding access to the research data underlying a publication (e.g. Nature and PLOS One). More and more research foundations have requirements regarding access to the research data that is being produced – especially in the USA and the UK.