My Data


A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about who posseses data produced in a lab.


A discussion of data management was part of a research ethics conference at a Prestigious University, where you are a faculty member. In that discussion, one of your postdocs said that at the university where he had done his graduate work, he had been allowed to keep the laboratory notebook in which he recorded his observations. He said that because under the policies of Prestigious U. he was not allowed to keep his notebook, he did not bother to write things up in detail in his lab notebook, but in the evening made notes for himself at home.

What do you tell him?


Caroline Whitbeck introduced methods and modules for discussing numerous issues in responsible conduct of research at a Sigma Xi Forum in 2000. Partial funding for the development of this material came from an NIH grant.

You can find the entire sequence on the OEC at Scenarios for Ethics Modules in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Some information in these historical modules may be out-of-date; for instance, there may be a new edition of the professional society's code that is referred to in an item. If you have suggestions for updates, please contact the OEC.

Caroline Whitbeck. . My Data. Online Ethics Center. DOI: