A Data Management Plan (DMP) describes how research data will be managed throughout your research project. It can begin as a basic plan and further information can be added as the project progresses. It covers areas such as:
Having a data management plan at the start of a research project can help to ensure that data generated from the project are well managed and able to be reused efficiently. Taking time at the start of a research project to put in place robust, easy-to-use data management procedures can pay off several times over the later stages of the project. In adequate data management can lead to catastrophes such as loss of data or violation of participants’ privacy.
Basic data management is required by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Compliance with the Code is already a requirement for Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding and is likely to be mandated by other funding bodies, Government and institutions in the near future. (Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Data Management Plans).
It is recommended you create a Data Management Plan when applying for a grant, or soon after starting research.
You can easily create a data management plan to attach to your grant application, using the University's tool MyDMP.
“Share and communicate research methodology, data and findings openly, responsibly and accurately.” – Principle 3: Transparency.
The 2018 Code is a principles-based document that articulates the broad principles and responsibilities that underpin the conduct of Australian research.
Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable
Develop a research data management plan based on the FAIR data principles.
Making research data FAIR will provide a range of benefits to researchers, research communities, research infrastructure facilities and research organisations alike.
See the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) website for more details.
Collective benefit Authority to control Responsibility Ethics
The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance guide appropriate use and reuse of Indigenous data. This set of principles indicates the significant and crucial role of data in advancing Indigenous innovation and self-determination.
"The Australian Research Council's (ARC) requirement is designed to encourage researchers to consider the ways in which they can best manage, store, disseminate and reuse data. Researchers, in consultation with institutions, have a responsibility to consider the management and future potential of their research data, taking into account the particular approaches, standards and uses for data that may exist in different institutions, disciplines and research projects. Some institutions may have infrastructure and/or processes in place for storing, managing and sharing data – these are valuable resources that should be utilised.
The ARC does not require that full, detailed data management plans be submitted for assessment, but from 2020 will require that such plans are in place prior to the commencement of the project." - ARC Research Data Management statement
The ARC does not mandate open data but encourages researchers to make data generated from ARC funded research available for re-use.
'NHMRC strongly encourages researchers to consider the reuse value of their research data and to take reasonable steps to share research data and associated metadata arising from NHMRC funded research.'
Please note this example should be adapted or adjusted to suit your particular research project.
Australian Research Council (ARC) example:
"Research data generated by the project will be stored and managed in the University of South Australia storage infrastructure. On completion of the project, commercially non-sensitive research data will be transferred to Research Data Services (RDS) and retained for 5 years as required by South Australian legislation and will be made available through Open Access on the UniSA Research Data Access Portal under CC-BY licence. Metadata relating to the project and associated datasets will be discoverable on the Research Data Australia website. Any confidential or identifiable data will held securely and will only be made available to researchers who have appropriate approvals for access to the data. The datasets will form part of a collaborative water science related data project under the auspices of X."
Explore Research Grants and Projects
Research Data Australia provide a separate database with search feature to locate Activity records. This discovery service includes grant information from Australia's principal research funders as well as project descriptions from some institutions and agencies. These descriptions can include connections to related datasets and publications.
To assist with identifying Projects the Australian National Data Service can create Persistent Uniform Resource Locator (PURL) for funded grants and projects.
General research project details
Intellectual Property - Who owns the data?
Storage and Security of data
Data sharing and re-use