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. 

  • Jisc Legal Overviews
  • Guidance
  • FAQs
  • Law Watch
  • Links
  • How To
Research Newslinks

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.

ECJ Rules on State Aid and Software Licensing

The European Court of Justice has rejected claims raised by a Dutch software provider, Sarc, that the European Commission had mishandled its complaint about a software licensing deal between a rival company.  

ERA Publishes New Single Licence Tariff
Tariff applies to new single ERA Licences issued from 1 August 2014.  

Government Publishes Response to Orphan Works Consultation

Government publishes its response to the consultation on implementing a domestic orphan works licensing scheme and the EU Directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works.

View all Research news

Recent JISC Legal Events

No events listed.

Social Media

Twitter youtube Vimeo View JISCLegal's profile on slideshare Subscribe to our RSS feed