Because good research needs good data

New Checklist for a Data Management Plan

Sarah Jones | 02 July 2013

We received lots of feedback that we should shorten the DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan and have managed to condense it to 13 questions and some basic administrative information. More detailed questions are used as pointers to help researchers decide how to respond and we've enhanced the guidance.

Here are the questions:

  1. What data will you collect or create?
  2. How will the data be collected or created?
  3. What documentation and metadata will accompany the data?
  4. How will you manage any ethical issues?
  5. How will you manage copyright and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues?
  6. How will the data be stored and backed up during the research?
  7. How will you manage access and security?
  8. Which data should be retained, shared, and/or preserved?
  9. What is the long-term preservation plan for the dataset?
  10. How will you share the data?
  11. Are any restrictions on data sharing required?
  12. Who will be responsible for data management?
  13. What resources will you require to deliver your plan?

You can download the Checklist which includes all the guidance and is split into eight thematic sections. Earlier versions are also available on the Checklist webpage.

We're very grateful to everyone who provided feedback when we put the Checklist out for consultation. We're still keen to know what you think and would particularly like to hear about your experience of using the Checklist.