Data collected and produced through research processes may be required to meet privacy, confidentiality and cultural considerations for reasons and in circumstances such as:
All human research at Victoria (research involving human participants, their data or tissue), relevant teaching activities, and research involving highly sensitive information is subject to the Human Ethics Policy and Guidelines. Data will need to be archived for sharing, for review, replicability and reproducibility in the interests of academic integrity. Data must be stored securely, and confidentiality and privacy protected through the anonymisation of personal information or data and culturally sensitive data. Steps to anonymise such data should be considered, if appropriate, at the start of a research process and indicated in ethics applications.
Intellectual property agreements regarding the ownership, security and re-use of data may be required to protect shared data as part of collaborative research projects, particularly research involving external institutions.
Researchers need to consult the following policies and guidelines at Victoria University of Wellington:
The Treaty of Waitangi Statute - Clause 4.1(q) discusses standards of integrity.
Ownership of research for staff and research students is subject to the Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington Intellectual Property Policy
The university's Research Policy provides an overarching framework for the development and implementation of all research management, including 4.2 Statutory and Ethics Obligations and 4.9 Publication and Intellectual Property.
Copyright at Victoria University of Wellington provides information about and links to relevant copyright law and Creative Commons licensing options, for example, for shared and open data (see Licensing data for re-use below).
Any researcher who uses or creates intellectual property based wholly or partly on mātauranga or taonga Māori is advised to contact the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) for further discussion about Māori research policies, practices and support.
The following documents provide guidelines for Māori research:
Tikanga at Victoria provides some helpful Māori research related advice and links, including Tikanga and research (p.16).
Te Ara Tika Guidelines for Māori research ethics provide a national framework for researchers and ethics committee members developed by Pūtaiora (Māori members of ethics committees) and the National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC). It identifies expectations of ethical research behaviour from minimum standards to good practice and best practice.
Te Mata Ira Guidelines for Genomic research with Māori, 2016, discuss the use of, sharing and access to data in genomic research.
Pacific Health Research Guidelines include advice on researching with Pacific communities.
Licensing data for re-use, mixing and sharing is possible through Creative Commons Licensing, a non-profit scheme that provides a set of licenses to expand and enhance existing, traditional copyright.