STFC has updated its Scientific Data policy. STFC's Executive Board recently approved the introduction of an over-riding data policy to provide guidance to its staff and communities.
The policy consists of a set of general principles that cover the wide variety of scientific communities and existing practices that fall within STFC's remit. The key principle of the policy is that all funded activities are required to have a data management plan, which must be in line with recommended good practice. These individual plans will then have the added check of being subject to approval by the relevant STFC boards and panels.
Although this has not been a critical issue, a single standardised policy has clear advantages in a single organisation. The policy was drawn up by an internal technical working group set up in 2009 and is in line with current thinking as well as improving transparency for those working for and with STFC.