Guiding Principles

The DataLab is a collaborative platform for open science. The target user includes not only ZMT staff, but also our partners in the tropics. This implies a large degree of inter-cultural learning and interaction. This document outlines some guiding principles for the organization of shared digital working in the lab.

Open Science

The DataLab is intended to be a vehicle for practicing Open Science. A move towards Open Science involves (re)considering a large number of aspects in the way we work. We place special emphasis on the Open Data goal, meaning that all projects hosted on the DataLab should implement a data management plan that involves depositing both raw and derived data assets in openly access data repositories.


A shared space for learning and working requires a deeper consideration of others. In the DataLab, we consider inclusive design principles in setting up shared working spaces.