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Research Data Management@Koç University

This guide outlines the process of research data management, how to develop and share data management plans and FAIR data principles. Planning for the effective creation, management and sharing of your data enables you to get the most out of your research

Koç University Open Science Policy

Koç University launches its own Research Data Management Pilot project in 2019 that is going to be conducted by Suna Kıraç Library in order to work with Koç University faculty members to provide advice, training and high-quality infrastructure to facilitate good data management with a variety of services to assist with the management of the processed data.

In the context of Research Data Policy, Koç University researchers are expected to ensure that research data, code and any other materials needed to reproduce research findings are appropriately documented and shared in Koç University Institutional Repository. Koç University meets approved quality standards (compliant with OpenAIRE, FAIR data principles) and is connected to the European Open Science Cloud.

Research Data Policy supports high quality research data management across each of the faculties at Koç University. This policy framework is motivated by the belief that research data sharing will bring a better visibility of academic work of researchers at Koç University leading to recognition of quality of the research process as a whole as well as meeting the demands of funders and publishers with respect to research data management.



Koç University shall actively promote open science applications. The purpose of this directive is to document the University’s responsibilities and commitments in this matter.


The policy applies to all researchers active at Koç University. In cases where the research is financed by third parties, any agreement concerning access rights, storage, and safekeeping made with the involved parties shall take precedence over this policy.


– YÖK (Council of Higher Education) Open Science Policy Model for Universities


  • The President of Koç University shall be responsible for the implementation of this policy.
  • To support and to strengthen the transition to Open Access / Open Science through training, education, and awareness-raising activities geared toward researchers and all other staff, and additionally, to provide the necessary infrastructure and funding to effectuate this transition. To contribute to the acquisition of Open Science skills as an integral part of the professional training and career development offered to the researchers.
  • To ensure the use of unique identifiers (such as DOIs, ORCID, or others).
  • To appoint a Data Manager responsible for all matters relating to data, in compliance with national and European Union legislation, including but not limited to the development of Data Management Plans.
  • To provide long-term protection for the storage, protection, recording, storage, and distribution of data and other records, and additionally to develop mechanisms and services for the provision of appropriate guidance to researchers.
  • To establish Open Science practices to improve research evaluation and assessment criteria beyond providing open access to publications and data, such as participation in Citizen Science projects, open peer review experience, or use of Open Education Resources.
  • To monitor the content of the institutional repository through system-provided statistics and to monitor policy compliance.
  • To ensure that the institutional repository and other research infrastructures comply with the certification requirements of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles and the technical specifications of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
  • To establish and maintain an Open License policy for publishing content and data.