Research Data Policy

Research requires conscientious and planned handling of research data if it is to meet high scientific standards of transparency, visibility, sustainability, and quality.

Research data is defined as all data generated in the course of a research project, regardless of type, format, scope, and version. Research data management encompasses all stages of the data life cycle: planning, creating, processing, analysing, preserving, ging access, re-using.

In order to explicate the principles of transparency and professionalization of the research process for the area of research data management - as laid down in the Special Code of Conduct for Research (Besonderen Kodex Forschung) as well as the Statutes on Good Scientific Practice (Satzung zur guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis) - the Senate passed the following policy on the handling of research data on 27.09.2023.

EUF Research Data Policy


The Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF) recognizes that research that aims to meet high scientific standards of transparency, visibility, sustainability and quality must be based on a conscientious and planned handling of research data.

Compliance with all legal and ethical aspects as well as the particularities of individual subject cultures have to be the main focus. The protection of sensible (personal) research data is a top priority.

The EUF creates a suitable framework to provide its researchers with sufficient support in implementing these requirements. The relevant contact points and committees for research data management, data protection and ethics are available to all university members.


Research data refers to all data generated as part of a research project, regardless of type, format, scope and version. Research data management encompasses all stages of the data life cycle: planning, collection, evaluation/processing, backup, documentation, archiving, dissemination and subsequent use.

Scope of application

The Research Data Policy applies to all EUF members and affiliates. This includes visiting researchers and lecturers and also extends to collaborations with external partners and institutions. Deviating requirements in the context of third-party funding must be given priority.

Requirements for the processing of research data

Research data management is carried out in compliance with current professional standards and guidelines to ensure good scientific practice. Information on collected data (metadata, legal and ethical considerations), responsibilities, data whereabouts (publication, archiving), rights of use and subsequent use are documented in a data management plan.

Public access to research data should be granted in principle - provided there are no legal or ethical objections - and is the basis for subsequent use. For this purpose, the use of persistent identifiers (DOI, etc.) is expressly recommended.

Responsibilities, rights and obligations

The responsibilities, rights and obligations lie equally with the university and her researchers.

Research and teaching

Research data management follows all organizational, statutory, institutional and other contractual and legal requirements.

The expertise with regards to subject-specific requirements and approaches can only lie with the subjects and their researchers. They are therefore responsible to research and comply with all data management standards that apply to them and their specialist societies.


The EUF assumes its responsibility towards her members by setting up a central, interdisciplinary advisory structure that guarantees access to national and international repositories and provides advice on research data management issues from the planning phase to the end of the project.

The university provides her members and affiliates with access to research data and cooperates with scientific partner institutions within the framework of research data management and research data infrastructures. She provides central access to research data published by her researchers - including in external repositories - by means of a research information system in order to document and recognize the university's research achievements.

She also offers general information material and training courses to ensure basic skills in data management (data literacy) at all educational levels. She strives to keep administrative burdens low through organizational and technical measures.

Contact persons for support will be announced separately.


This policy was adopted by the EUF Senate on 27.09.2023 and comes into force immediately.


This policy is reviewed every three years by all participating central institutions and committees to ensure that it is up to date, in order to adapt it to current requirements, infrastructural developments and the needs of researchers.


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