Who Owns Research Data?

September 14, 2012 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Manning Hall room 208

A lunch discussion organized by the UNC at Chapel Hill Center for Media Law and Policy.

We ask that you RSVP for this week's talk, as the Center is providing box lunches and drinks for registered participants.  Please RSVP to Liz Woolery at ewoolery@email.unc.edu by noon on Sept. 12, so we can order a lunch for you.  And please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues and graduate students.

Discussion Facilitator:  Cal Lee,  Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science at UNC  

Topic:  Who Owns Research Data?

There are many stakeholders who may have a legitimate interest in determining what happens to data that are collected and generated as part of scholarly research.  "Ownership" can be seen as a right to control the data but also as having the responsibility to responsibly care for the data over time. Data ownership issues touch on legal constraints and commitments (e.g. FERPA, intellectual property, human subjects protections, open records laws), requirements of funding agencies (e.g. data management plans), and social norms and behaviors.  Perceptions of ownership often do not align well with formal, institutional mandates.  And those responsible for creation of data are not always well positioned to provide for long-term access.

We are particularly interested in exploring the intersection between law, policy, information practices, and advances in information technologies.  What are the likely data ownership arrangements in the future, and what would we like them to be?

To help guide the discussion, here are several optional background articles on the topic:
Anderson, William L. "Some Challenges and Issues in Managing, and Preserving Access to, Long-Lived Collections of Digital Scientific and Technical Data." Data Science Journal 3 (2004): 191-201.

Council on Governmental Relations. "Access to and Retention of Research Data Rights and Responsibilities." March 1, 2006.

Keeping science open: the effects of intellectual property policy on the conduct of science. London: Royal Society, 2003.

Research Data Stewardship at UNC: Recommendations for Scholarly Practice and Leadership. February 15, 2012.

Scaramozzino, Jeanine Marie, Marisa L. Ramírez, and Karen J. McGaughey. "A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University." College & Research Libraries 73, no. 4 (2012): 349-65.

These readings will serve as a jumping off point for the conversation, but we also are eager to discuss how these issues intersect with your work.
You can learn more about the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy at http://www.law.unc.edu/centers/medialaw/.