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Confidentiality and Open Access

I have been doing a bit of work on confidentiality and open access of research outcomes recently including considering how these factors apply to datasets.

 I have been involved in FoI at the University of Glasgow since being part of the original implementation team.

Today I attended an FoI update by our University Legal representatives which reminded me to ensure that we are happy with how our policies explicity state that one of the main planned outcomes for research is to publish results. 

This may add support to any case considering exemption under section 27 (Freedom of Information Act Scotland) or section 22 (Freedom of Information Act – covering England and Wales)

We spoke about the case by case nature of enquiries and that the consideration is whether there is a true claim to withholding the information.

We touched on the Protection of Freedoms Bill which is being prepared for publication and it will be interesting to see how this develops.

I also have actions on our Data Management Roadmap to:

  • Involve our Intellectual Property Team in discussions regarding metadata recording for datasets as well as for other entities that may potentially have confidential aspects. 
  • Ensure our IP and Business Development representatives are involved in discussions regarding policy and procedure development in relation to any data we may hold on behalf of third parties and that the guidance around such datasets is clear.

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