Why write a research data management plan?
Many funders now require a research data management plan to be included in applications for grants and there is an RCUK set of principles for data. There is also a growing trend towards sharing data – some journals such as Science require this and it is useful to think about this in at the start of your research. If you are working collaboratively it is helpful to make sure everyone understands how data will be collected, who is responsible, how it will be stored etc. Research data can be anything used in research, qualitative as well as quantitative and requirements do not only apply to the sciences.
Data Management Planning online tools
DMPOnline from the DCC will help you to produce plans tailored for major UK funders
Data Management Planning tool from University of California Curation Center tailored for US funders
What needs to be included in a plan?
Exact requirements will vary between funders and disciplines but there are some key elements to consider:
The UK Digital Curation Centre have a useful checklist for data management plans.
Further Reading & Resources
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