Institution Responsibilities

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Institution Responsibilities


Both Mines and the researcher have responsibilities and rights concerning access to, use of, and maintenance of original research data. According to Steneck (2003) and based on regulation (OMB Circular A-110, Sec. 53; 42CFR, Part 50, Subpart A) research funding is awarded to research institutions and not individual investigators. As recipients of funds, institutions have responsibilities for overseeing budgets, regulatory compliance, and the management of data. 

Mines policy grants ownership of research data and materials to the school. Except when precluded by specific terms, Mines is responsible for retaining research data in sufficient detail and for an adequate period of time to enable appropriate responses to questions about accuracy, authenticity, primacy and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Mines can be held accountable for the integrity of the data even after the researchers have left.

Institution Responsibilities

The responsibilities of Mines are distributed across CCIT, Library, and Research Administration and Technology Transfer. Mine responsibilities include:

  • Accountability for the proper maintenance and availability of primary research data created or collected by Mines personnel and can be held accountable for the integrity of the data even after the researchers have left.
  • Managing to the highest standards throughout the research datalifecycle as part of the institution’s commitment to research excellence.
  • Providing training, support, advice and where appropriate guidelines and templates for research data management and Data Management Plans.
  • Providing mechanisms and services for storage, backup, deposit, and retention of research data assets in support of current and future access, during and after the completion of research projects.
  • See Table of Responsibilities Timeline

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Research Council Role

In coordination with Research Support Services, Research Council will:

  • Define research data
  • Define policies and best practices
  • Work through issues related to research data management, such as the development metadata, identification of support and assistance needs, and the designation of responsibilities and roles

Steneck, N. H. (2003). ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research. Department of Health and Human Services.

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