Data has always been central to empirical research in science and engineering. Modern technology allows us to produce more data than ever before, but also provides the tools to analyse, store, organise and share this data, resulting in new opportunities and new challenges.

Not all research uses so-called "big data", but all research data is a valuable asset to the research group and the College. This resource should be managed accordingly, so that it is accessible, intelligible, assessable and re-usable (see Science as an open enterprise, Royal Society; 2012).

Wherever possible, research data should be made available to others, subject to proper consideration of copyright, intellectual property rights (IPR), legitimate commercial interests, privacy and ethical concerns.