In addition to Open Access to scientific publications, Open Research Data is increasingly being demanded by funding organisations (SNSF, EU) and scientific journals. As far as possible, the data should be archived and documented according to FAIR principles:
- Findable: Research data must be designated and indexed so that they can be found.
- Accessible: The Research Data must be accessible.
- Interoperable: Research data must be technically stored in such a way that they can be accessed, read and processed via standardised interfaces.
- Reusable: Research data must be documented and formatted in such a way that it can be reused by third parties.
Open archiving according to FAIR principles offers a number of advantages:
- Research results become more transparent and can be better reviewed and retraced.
- Shared datasets reduce the effort for obtaining the same information several times.
- Freely accessible datasets that can be cited as a separate publication increase the visibility of research.
For employees, the BFH supports the publication of research data as Open Research Data via the Open Science Fund.
As a member of the association «OLOS», the BFH also has an institutional area within the Swiss data repository «OLOS», through which research data for which no suitable disciplinary data repositories exist can be published and archived.