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Research Data Management: Restricting Access to Your Data

Guidance and support to staff, researchers and students at the University of Southampton

Restricting Access to Research Data

There are situations when access to research data may need to be restricted. These restrictions are most likely to arise out of the regulatory framework or the contractual arrangements that governed the generation of the research data. This guidance note outlines the main points to consider and provides a framework to help you reach a decision on when access restriction to research data is appropriate either on a temporary or permanent basis. This will need to be tensioned against the requirements of the funders and public expectations to make research results available.


Ethics and Data Protection


Sensitive and Classified Information


Intellectual Property Rights and Confidentiality


Use of third party data


Publication agreements


Other restrictions