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Things to consider before you start managing your data
Before you start constructing a data management plan, you will need to understand the data management requirements specified by any funders, journals, or other third parties associated with your research. It is also important to define roles and explore legal issues before you start creating a plan.
Data Sharing Policies
What are the data requirements for funders, journals, or third parties associated with you research?
The SPARC project
An up-to-date list of both current and future U.S. federal funder requirements for sharing research articles
UW policy for research data
The University of Washington's policy on research data associated with the University
UW Institutional Review Board
If your research uses human subjects, the UW's Human Subject Division website can help determine if your research requires review
With many kinds of research you also need to think about any legal considerations involved with the creation or use of your data.
Information from CoMotion, the UW's technology transfer office, on ownership and intellectual property of the data produced and used in research
Intellectual Property Rights
Cornell University factsheet with information about data licensing and other intellectual property issues
What kind of software, storage, security, etc. will you need for managing your data?
UW IT Service Catalog
Catalog of information technology tools and resources available at the UW. Services are divided in categories such as Research Computing, Storage & Document Management, and Servers & Hosting.
Documentation Practices and Software
List of useful documentation techniques and software that can help you manage your data
Roles and Responsibilities
Teams should clearly define the roles of individual members as part of a data management plan. The roles and responsibilities your team designates will depend on the number and location of researchers involved and the nature of the project.
Sample Roles and Responsibilities
Example list of roles and responsibilities from DataOne that can help you define roles and assign responsibilities for your data management
Data Management Plan Tools
Online tool to assist in writing data management plans for NSF, NIH, NEH, IMLS, or GBMF. UW is a participating institution; login using your NetID
Example Data Management Plans:
If you have questions about data management planning, please email the Data Services Team at email@example.com.