4TU.Centre for Research Data has introduced two funds to support researchers in their research data management: the Data Refinement Fund and the Data Paper Fund.
The Data Refinement Fund offers researchers a budget to make their valuable research data available online. With the funding, researchers can refine their data for proper discoverability and reusability, for example, by adding metadata and by standardisation. The fund can then pay for additional resources, such as a student assistant. Once the data is refined, it will be deposited in the 4TU.ResearchData Archive, where it will be published open access.
With the Data Paper Fund, 4TU.ResearchData promotes publishing of data papers by funding the publishing costs. Data papers provide insight into the how and why of data collection. They invite the research community to describe their data, provide details on their collection and processing, describe the software and file formats etc. Making datasets available in data articles and papers increases the findability, visibility and recognition of research outcome.