How to create a respectable research data management plan

On 23 June 2016, DTL data programme manager Rob Hooft presented the webinar ‘Creating a good research data management plan’. The lecture was recorded and can be viewed on the Elsevier publishing campus.

Increasingly, funders require researchers to submit a research data management plan (DMP) when they apply for a grant. A DMP is a document describing how data will be acquired, treated and preserved during and after the research project. Proper research data management helps researchers save time and efforts whilst running experiments. It is also of value to the wider scientific community because well-organised data can be further analysed by other researchers.

The webinar was jointly organised by DTL and Elsevier. It consisted of a 30 minute lecture by Rob Hooft, followed by a questions & answers session. The webinar had 266 live participants and over 300 people watched the archived version in the first week after the live event. Topics that were addressed include:

  • What is a data management plan?
  • When do you need a data management plan?
  • Why is research data management important?
  • What are the FAIR principles?

Rob Hooft: “My lecture did not give copy-pastable answers to the questions that research funders ask about RDM in a grant proposal. But I think that after watching this talk, you will be able to satisfy many reviewers with a research data management plan that shows what they expect. And as a bonus, you will be able to do better research using data.”

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