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Five Steps to Developing a Research Data Policy

Many institutions are developing research data management (RDM) policies and guidance to assist their people in following developments in good practice and increasing expectations from funders and other bodies.

This guide suggests a number of steps that could be useful when thinking about formalising data management practices via a policy, whether at institutional, faculty or departmental level.

By Martin Donnelly, Digital Curation Centre

Published: January 2014

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Please cite as: Donnelly, M (2014). ‘Five Steps to Developing a Research Data Policy’. DCC 'Quickstart' Leaflets. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online: