Caring for your data - ideas for planning for, storing, & sharing the data from your research program. This is a brief introduction to research data management plans and what you should consider when developing them.
Session provided Apr 1, 2014, by Ian MacPhedran & Sean Cavanaugh, ICT.
What are research data management plans?
As the name implies, these are plans for what you do with your research data. There are a number of things to consider, and we will discuss some of these considerations.
What data are you working with?
How will it be organised? (This includes what data formats are used to hold the data, and what metadata is used to describe the data.)
Who can access it, and what can they do with it? (E.g. can they read it, suggest modifcations, actually make modifications, etc.)
Are there restrictions around the data? (Proprietary agreements, privacy considerations, ethics restrictions)
How will it be processed? (Software used, workflow paths, etc.)
How will it be stored?
How will it be preserved? (This includes during the project and after as well.)
How will it be distributed?
There are a number of sites that provide extra information.
ScholarsPortal is an organisation that consists of Ontario University Libraries
The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has created a body to support a research data management network. This is intended to be modelled after the UK's DCC.
There are a number of local policies and procedures that are also part of your considerations. Research Ethics are involved in how you gather your data in a number of fields. We also have, as part of our Responsible Conduct of Research Policy document, a procedure for stewardship of research records (including the need to plan for a minimum 5 year retention of records or data).