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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Research Newslinks

Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information

A proposed new directive is intended to ensure that confidential information is adequately protected EU wide.

New Regulation for Collecting Societies Comes into Force

The Copyright (Regulation of Relevant Licensing Bodies) Regulations 2014 came into force on the 6 April 2014.

EU Directive Collective Rights Management

The EU Directive on the collective management of copyright and multi-territorial licensing of online music has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  

Copyright Education Exceptions to be Changed

Changes to education relevant copyright law to come into force on 1 June 2014.

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Recent JISC Legal Events
HEA Academy - Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum Lunchbyte (24 April 2014, Online)

This webinar will provide a brief Introduction to Jisc Services, and will offer an overview of the extensive range of resources that can assist in exploiting both technologies and effective practice in order to embed inclusion into everyday practice.
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