This introductory guide is likely to be of particular interest to researchers and research administrators who are charged with preparing a data management plan for a research project or an institution. It covers:
- What are data management plans?
- Why do I need a data management plan?
- What does a data management plan need to cover?
- Other issues to consider
- Data management in some form is an unavoidable consequence of working with data
- Taking time at the start of a research project to put in place robust, easy-to-use data management procedures will usually pay off several times over in the later stages of the project
- Different disciplines have different conventions. In order to facilitate cooperation, you should make sure that your data management is compatible with the prevailing standards in your discipline