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R&D Guide / Planning

Ownership of data in a research project - if you quit at HiOA

If a participant of a research project quits at HiOA and wishes to bring with them or to copy research data, there may come up issues related to data ownership.
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    Ownership is defined by the data processing agreement for each individual project.

HiOA will in general be the owner of raw data (such as questionnaires) and analysis files (such as SPSS files) that have been collected as part of a research project conducted by researchers at HiOA.

If you quit at HiOA and need to copy data to bring with you, you must make a written agreement with the head of department / head of centre / head of studies about

  • what data you may copy 
  • in what way
  • the purpose for which the data is to be used.

This written agreement must be based on HiOA's  data processing agreement template  (.docx, 29,9 KB).

Shared ownership between several institutions

If the project has been carried out in collaboration with other researchers at other institutions, the ownership of the research data can be shared. The amount of HiOA’s funding of the project will have an impact on the ownership. Ownership of research data is regulated in cooperation agreements.

See HiOA's IPR policy.

If a data processing agreement has been entered into with another institution, such as a healthcare company, it is the data controller (the person lending out the data) who owns the data and who decides how it is to be processed.

Another possibility is to extend the access to HiOA's ICT systems until the project is completed. Please contact to extend access.

See also deletion of data upon project completion.

See the data security guidelines - Who owns the data and the results?