RECODE (http://recodeproject.eu) - an FP-7 project funded by the European Union - has leveraged existing networks, communities and projects to address challenges within the open access and data dissemination and preservation sector. The sector includes several different networks, initiatives, projects and communities that are fragmented by discipline, geography, and, stakeholder category, often working in isolation or with limited contact with one another. RECODE has provided a forum for European stakeholders to work together towards common solutions to shared challenges.
To this end, RECODE has used five disciplinary case studies in open access to research data (physics, health, bioengineering, environment and archaeology) to examine four grand challenges:
On the basis of this work, RECODE identified two overarching issues in the mobilisation of open access to research data: a lack of a coherent open data ecosystem; and a lack of attention to the specificity of research practice, processes and data collections. These findings along with the horizontal analyses of the RECODE case studies in relation to the four grand challenges, have informed the following policy recommendations on open access to research data.
These policy recommendations are targeted at key stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem: research funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers. The recommendations will assist each of these stakeholders in furthering the goals of open access to research data by providing both over-arching and stakeholder-specific recommendations. These function, as suggestions to address and attend to central issues that RECODE identified through the research work.