Mailing List Message #115124
From: Cliff Lynch <>
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Subject: Contribute to a Compendium on Research Data Retention Policies
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2023 15:00:00 -0500
One issue that has been emerging recently on CNI's agenda is the set of challenges around research data retention and how to handle de-acquisition of research data. I hope to convene a discussion of some of these issues later in 2023. In this context I was delighted to see the announcement below from the University of California, and want to share it with the CNI community, and to urge CNI institutions to contribute to the compendium; this will be very helpful information to guide future discussions.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNi


Institutional and Organizational Research Data Retention Policies Questionnaire

Dear Colleagues:
To develop a compendium of research data retention requirements, the University of California is gathering information on institutional and organizational research data retention policies. Once developed, we intend
 to provide it to the research community for its ongoing use.

In August 2022, the University of California issued its
UC Research Data Policy clarifying ownership of and responsibilities for research
 data. The Policy does not establish a minimum retention period for research data. As a resource to our investigators and the larger research community, the University endeavors to develop a compendium of research data retention requirements. See

The Ask
To develop the compendium, we need your help. We have developed a brief questionnaire to
 capture institutional and organizational research data retention policies. This questionnaire is being sent to national associations for institutions of higher education, libraries, university administrators and policy groups. It contains eight questions,
 and the estimated time to complete is two-three minutes. We anticipate multiple individuals across multiple departments and units to participate. Again, once we have the aggregated information, we will make it available to the research community.

If you are interested in completing the questionnaire, please use
this link.

Questionnaire submissions should be completed through the survey link by February 24, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Agnes Balla, Director, Research Policy Analysis
 and Coordination, University of California Office of the President, at
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