Is this a new policy?

The policy clarifies the University’s position on ownership, retention, and access to research data. The Policy complements existing Yale policies and the Faculty Handbook (especially section XX. University Policies Concerning Teaching and Research) and codifies research-related practices already in place by Yale researchers.

What does the policy require and permit?

Researchers must follow Yale policy, laws and regulations, and contractual obligations with respect to research data and materials. Researchers must generally retain data and materials for sponsored projects, or that resulted in a publication, for three years.

Researchers can generally take copies of data when they leave the University, or transfer ownership to a new institution.

Researchers are encouraged to share data to the extent feasible while taking into account legal, contractual, and other restrictions on data sharing.

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