The work on the JRC Data Policy followed the task identified in the JRC Management Plan 2014 to develop a dedicated data policy to complement the JRC Policy on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Supporting Guidance, and to promote open access to research data in the context of Horizon 2020.
Important POLICY COMMITMENTS and the RELEVANT REGULATORY BASIS within the European Union and the European Commission include: the Commission Decision on the reuse of Commission documents, Commission communication on better access to scientific
information, Commission communication on a reinforced European research area partnership for excellence and growth, Commission recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information, and the EU implementation of the G8 Open Data Charter.
The OBJECTIVES for adopting and implementing the JRC Data Policy include:
- Share and use data on the basis of the Open Data principles: fully, freely, openly and timely;
- Provide a coordinated approach to the acquisition of data by the JRC;
- Facilitate management, broaden access and use of the JRC data, in line with FAIR Data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable);
- Support EU implementation of the G8 Open Data Charter;
- Continuously support evidence-based decision making and research;
-Ensure that JRC data are made available through the EU Open Data Portal.
For a successful implementation process, the JRC Data Policy lays down implementation principles with respect to responsible entities, overall implementation guidelines, and their individual elements like data management plans, as well as the monitoring of its implementation.
This new version of the JRC Data Policy is the result of the first review (2018) of the initial Policy adopted in 2015.