e-Research refers to the development of, and the support for, information and computing technologies to facilitate all phases of research processes.  It is concerned with technologies that support all the processes involved in research including creating and sustaining research collaborations and discovering, analysing, processing, publishing, storing and sharing research data and information. Typical technologies in this domain include: virtual research environments, grid computing, visualisation services, and text and data mining services.

The use of these new technologies will inevitably carry with them many legal responsibilities and implications. All the areas of law covered by the Jisc Legal service are relevant e.g. Intellectual property rights and protection of research subjects' personal data should be considered if sharing findings with other research groups. Public access rights to information under the Freedom of Information and disability legislation should be thought through when working with groups funded by various sources. Data security and the vulnerability to malicious attack via the technologies will increase as the systems become larger and more dispersed. For further information on all of these legal issues, please use the Legal Areas menu on the menu bar above to access Jisc Legal materials. 

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Licensing of Orphan Works

Guidance has been produced by the IPO to assist potential applicants when searching for right holders to obtain permission to reproduce an orphan work.

ECJ Rules that Libraries may Digitise Books for Dedicated Terminals
The ECJ has made it clear that educational institutions may digitise lawfully held works in order to make them available to the public on “dedicated terminals".

DP and Research Data: What You Need to Know
This new Q and A document answers key questions for researchers where research data cannot be anonymised, including guidance on who is responsible, how to store and share research data, and how to meet a subject access request.

New ICO Guidance on Big Data and Data Protection

This guidance aims to ensure that the potential privacy issues surrounding big data are recognised and handled in accordance with data protection laws.

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