Research funding bodies are becoming increasingly keen for all data and material to be made available on Open Access. Organizations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are beginning to make it a requirement of funding that research is made accessible in this way.
If you’re still a little uncertain about this, the UK Data Archive have recently revised their guide, Managing and Sharing Data – Best Practice for Researchers, which tells you all you need to know about the whys and wherefores of sharing research.
The guide is available for download from their site here. Further useful information about data sharing and the requirements of funding agencies can be found at the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) site here.
The Library’s own Institutional Repository is already committed to Open Access and our collection grows daily – about 7800 at the last count. To find out more about it and its role in a growing Open Access movement across UK Universities, visit the Library homepage here.