Every research data involves the questions of rights, legal and ethical issues. Show that you are aware of the relevant legislation related to your data processing. Get familiarised with Data protection path of research in Tampere higher education community.
In your DMP, the focus should be on the ethical aspects of the data management whereas the ethical issues related to your research methods are covered in the research plan.
Collecting and processing special categories of personal data (or “sensitive data”) is possible for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes (article 9, EU’s General Data Protection Regulation). Special categories of personal data include:
When sensitive data belonging to special categories are collected, consent must be explicit. Sensitive data also requires specific protection because there is a significant risk to the fundamental rights of the individual. In the data management, actions intended to minimise the risks of revealing sensitive information must be taken care of during the entire data lifecycle.
Agreements on the IPR rights and rights of use of the data should be made before you start collecting or producing the data. By doing so, you prevent possible conflicts at later stages and make sure that your data will be accessible and reusable.
Check the short video about Intellectual property rights and data by Maria Rehbinder from Aalto University.
Data that is factual, has no copyright protection and it is not possible to copyright facts. In many cases, the data in a data management system as well as the metadata describing that data is factual, and hence not protected by copyright. However, project might, for example, use copyrighted photographs.
A database can also have legal protection (sui generis data base right, for example). A process of deciding what data needs to be included in the database, how to organize data, and how to relate different data elements are all creative decisions that may receive protection. So, intellectual property rights can govern the use of databases but also some data content.
Data can also be protected by trade secrets legislation (in Finnish)
Rights to research data may be created in three ways
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