A Data Management Plan (DMP) documents how data will be managed, stored and shared during and after a research project. Some research funders are now requesting that researchers submit a DMP as part of their project proposal.
This page provides a couple of activities to help you on your way to completing your plan.
Managing your data allows you to work more efficiently, produce higher quality data, achieve greater exposure for your research, and protect your data from being lost or misused.
The VU Research Integrity Policy & Procedures (currently under review) states:
4.1.3 Research Data and Materials Plan
(a) All research supervisors must establish a Research Data and Materials Plan (RDM Plan) prior to the commencement of a research project.
(b) An RDM Plan should ensure the same level of care and protection is applied to primary records and analysed research data.
(c) An RDM Plan must contain:
i. a complete record of proposed sources of data and materials; and
ii. reference to, and location of, any catalogue of data and materials;
iii. procedures to be adopted to ensure safe and secure storage of, and access to data and materials;
iv. requirements for sharing and reuse, public access to, or deposit in a subject repository and/or institutional repository, taking into account confidentiality requirements, privacy laws and any contractual obligations;
v. procedures to be adopted to re-evaluate and dispose of research data and materials (if necessary) after a clearly defined period of time;
vi. other information and processes necessary to locate and access research data and materials to validate or justify research outcomes and ensure the integrity of the project.
(d) A RDM Plan should take into account, and include obligations under relevant laws, other codes of practice, professional and industry standards, contractual obligations and other University policies.
(e) All research supervisors must update their RDM Plan when:
i. there is a significant change to the RDM Plan; or
ii. the project is completed;
iii. they are no longer involved in the research project;
iv. they leave the University
Maintaining comprehensive data, materials and records for each research project or activity is essential to the integrity of research.
It is also a requirement under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. All research data, materials and records must be safely and securely stored during each project.
They state that it's the responsibility of the researcher to "retain... accurate, secure, complete records of all research including research data and primary materials.”
Several of the big funders require evidence of research data management plans as part of the application process:
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Filling in a data management plan is easy if you think about the key questions first:
To request data storage see RDMP form (5 pages - 12 sections)
Do you have a plan for your current research project? If not sketch out a few ideas based on the above questions
Congratulations! You've already completed half your plan. Just paste this into your RDMP form to get data storage.
Other examples of DMPs
Australian examples: http://www.ands.org.au/working-with-data/data-management/data-management-plans
Select one of these examples and compare with VU plan. Which one would you prefer to fill in? Or is more useful?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of: i) the VU plan and ii) your selected example.
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Send your feedback to the Research Services Librarian - firstname.lastname@example.org (subject 'Data Management Plans')