Life science projects are becoming more and more data-intensive, with both data volume and complexity increasing. Therefore, life scientists need to construct a proper data management plan (DMP) before they start a research project. (Read more about the necessity of a good DMP.) This plan should be updated regularly during the research project (i.e., active data management planning).
DTL is actively involved in several initiatives that aim to promote adequate data management planning, including
- National Coordination Point Research Data Management (LCRDM), whose mission is to prepare, facilitate and monitor the development and implementation of Research Data Management Policy for scientific research in the Netherlands, in close cooperation with the professional field, and to ensure the exchange of knowledge and experience on a national level so that the Netherlands can achieve an efficient and effective development and implementation of research data management;
- The Data for Life Sciences programme of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU) and their Handbook for Adequate Natural Data Stewardship (HANDS);
- ELIXIR-Training activities in the field of data management planning;
- Research Data Alliance (RDA), which was launched by the European Commission, the United States National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing of data.