Consideration needs to be given to retaining data at the end of the project. Retention periods for research data may be influenced by a number of factors, such as:
Some research data have lasting research value for researchers and the general public. In such cases, the decision may be made to keep data for a longer period or even permanently. Longer-term and permanent retention of research outputs such as publications are recommended where the outcomes of the research:
Different retention periods apply to research involving clinical trials, psychological testing or intervention with adults, medical research involving children and so on. Check the regulations/codes.