Open Research Data: Measures implemented by the ETH Domain

The ETH Board and the institutions of the ETH Domain are investing more heavily in measures aimed at continued implementation of Open Research Data.

Open science practices are becoming a prevalent paradigm in academic research worldwide. Open Research Data (ORD) is at the core of open science: new technological developments are facilitating the sharing and exploitation of large and small data sets. In mid-2020, the institutions of the ETH Domain set out their vision for ORD in the ETH Domain in a position paper.

Since then, specific measures have been devised to drive forward the implementation of ORD in the ETH Domain. In particular, these focus on supporting initiatives by researchers for implementing ORD and expanding the coordination of and access to research data management services and infrastructures in the ETH Domain. Another focus is on training in the field of research data management.

The ETH Board and the institutions of the ETH Domain are planning to invest a total of CHF 15 million in implementing these measures between 2021 and 2024.

By doing so, the ETH Domain is also fulfilling the Federal Council mandate that requires it to assume a leading role in respect of ORD in the context of data policy in Switzerland. Implementation of the ETH Domain’s ORD measures is being coordinated with the national Open Research Data strategy that is being developed under the auspices of swissuniversities and with ETH Domain participation. The national strategy was published on 1st July 2021 and will soon be consolidated further by way of an action plan.

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