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Guideline on the Management of Research Data at Leibniz Universität Hannover


The following guideline was ratified by the presidential board and the university's senate on April 26, 2017.


Leibniz Universität Hannover acknowledges the value of research data in the scientific research process. This guideline and the principles formulated in it refer in particular to the "Principles for the Handling of Research Data" of the Alliance of German Science Organisations and the "DFG Guidelines on the Handling of Research Data" of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Reliable and responsible handling of research data is essential for transparent research and the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Therefore, research data should be managed, safeguarded, stored and sustainably distributed according to recognized professional standards. Legal and ethical requirements as well as the differences and characteristics of the subject areas must be taken into account.

Definition of research data at Leibniz University

Research data are all data collected and processed during the course of the scientific research process. This includes diverse types of data, depending on the subject area. They form the basis of scientific research results. Adapting the definition of research data by the DFG, the Leibniz Universität Hannover summarises the following data types: "Measurement data, laboratory values, audio-visual information, texts, survey data, objects from collections or samples [...]. Methodological forms of testing such as questionnaires, software and simulations [...] can also be categorised as research data."

Besides the handling of research data, their management also includes collecting, processing, documenting, archiving and publishing research data. It ensures access, re-use, reproducibility and quality of research results in a sustainable way.


1. According to the principles of good scientific practice, project managers and independent researchers are obliged, to prevent data loss, to prepare and document research data for sustainable (re-)use and to ensure their long-term preservation.

2. Leibniz Universität Hannover encourages its researchers to store, archive and publish research data in subject-specific repositories or in the university’s institutional infrastructures, unless legal and ethical requirements indicate otherwise, in order to make them freely accessible to the public in accordance with the Open Access Resolution of Leibniz Universität Hannover.

3. Leibniz Universität Hannover recommends that its researchers develop specific guidelines for their institutes or projects. Such guidelines provide more detailed rules for the handling of research data. They may also demand to systematically create and use data management plans within the course of research.

Supporting the implementation process

Leibniz Universität Hannover supports its researchers in managing their research data by establishing a consulting and training programme that combines the competences of the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Leibniz IT Services and the Research and EU Office, Technology Transfer. Also an institutional data repository will be provided. Regularly updated information material will be published on the website www.fdm.uni-hannover.de