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Data sharing

Every year, the MRC invests around £700 million of public money in research, the primary output of which is data. We want to maximise the research opportunities that such a diversity, richness and quantity of data provides. One of the best ways of achieving this is to ensure that data are properly preserved for sharing and informed use beyond the originating research teams.

The MRC Data Support Service project in particular aims to enhance the data sharing capabilities of population and patient based studies. The project currently involves most of the largest 15 MRC-funded (and co-funded) cohort studies, and work focuses on:

• Discovery of research datasets with metadata & essential documentation
• Managed access to, & use of, data for high-quality secondary research
• Planning & implementation of effective data management in research
• Curation to enable informed re-use of preserved data
• Long-term preservation of high-value MRC-funded datasets
• Tools, standards & guidance to support these activities.

MRC Data Policy
Data Management Plans
Data Support Service
MRC Gateway
DM Network