2. Data management plan

2. Data management plan

You should decide how you will manage your data before you start creating data. A data management plan (DMP) shows that you have thought about how to create, store, archive, and give access to your data during and after your research project.

Decisions on data stewardship will affect how you can process, analyse, preserve, and share your research data in the future. Therefore, the first thing to do after you have determined your study design, is to prepare yourself by creating a data management plan (DMP). Nowadays, many research funders and academic institutions demand DMPs from researchers. The responsibility for creating a DMP lies primarily with principal investigators.

This second section of HANDS addresses several topics that you should describe in your DMP: general considerations, patient collaboration, data access, the data management infrastructure, intellectual property rights and costs. Other sections can also assist you in drafting your DMP because they address guidelines and practical measures that you will need to take in the consecutive stages of the research data lifecycle.