Adoption of a Policy on the Handling of Research Data at Leibniz Universität Hannover

Leibniz Universität commits to an open and quality-assured handling of research data

With the recommendation of the Senate, the Presidential Board of Leibniz Universität Hannover adopted a "Policy on the Handling of Research Data" on 26 April 2017. This policy is in keeping with the "Principles for the Handling of Research Data" adopted by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany and the "Guidelines on the Handling of Research Data" by the German Research Foundation (DFG). As such, Leibniz Universität Hannover commits to an open and quality-assured handling of research data.

The policy contains three principles for academics at Leibniz Universität Hannover:

  1. In accordance with the principles of good scientific practice, leaders of research projects and independent researchers are required to protect research data from loss, to prepare them for long-term use, and to document and preserve them long term.
  2. Leibniz Universität Hannover urges its academics to store, archive and publish research data in specialist repositories or in the university’s existing institutional infrastructures, unless legal or ethical framework conditions exist that indicate otherwise, in order to make them freely accessible to the public in accordance with the Open Access Resolution adopted by Leibniz Universität Hannover.
  3. Leibniz Universität Hannover recommends its academics to develop their own internal policies for their respective institute and/or project, containing detailed rules concerning the handling of research data, and to systematically draw up and use data management plans in the context of project planning.

Together with the Research Department of Leibniz Universität and the LUIS (Leibniz Universität IT Services) computing centre, the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – German National Library of Science and Technology provides support to academics and institutes in implementing the policy. In addition to general and specialist advisory services on research data management, the Research Data Management Team also specifically offers assistance in developing institutional policies on the handling of research data.

For more information and current information material, please visit the Research Data Management Team’s website: