Answered By: Cynthia Hudson-Vitale
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2015     Views: 77

Decisions on access and sharing you make depend in part on what rights you may be authorized to assign.
Faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows participating in research projects under external sponsorship or with significant use of WU resources are doing so on behalf of the University—which as such owns all research data unless otherwise indicated in an agreement (see §I(3)(a)-(c)).
In practice, researchers who collect or generate data act as its custodian and have significant control over its re-use and distribution. Responsibilities of research material stewardship include ensuring its proper management and retention, establishing and maintaining procedures for its protection, complying with program and federal requirements, and retaining it as necessary to protect University interests.
If you are unsure of your right to archive or disseminate research materials, the University's Office of Sponsored Research Services suggests you consult with your dean or chair.
Additional Resources:
·         Carroll MW (2015) Sharing Research Data and Intellectual Property Law: A Primer. PLoS Biol 13(8): e1002235. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002235.
·         Data Ownership, Acquisition, Sharing, and Management Resources, WU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research,
·         Washington University Intellectual Property Policy,

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