Research data management planning underpins any project. It helps you ensure that data is shared at the right time, with the right people, and after seeking appropriate permissions. It also helps you organise, store and preserve data in a FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) way.
You should consider research data at project start, before beginning any practical work. Many research funders now require research data management planning at the grant application stage. As you begin planning, also consider relevant policies, services, and requirements in your organisation. These might not always align with the practices highlighted in this toolkit or in the literature but can override them. For example, your organisation may have certain processes or systems in place that you have to use. A good data management plan reflects the organisational context and leverages it to minimise costs.
This toolkit will help you design your approach to research data management by discussing the main issues in the field and by signposting relevant resources. You should also seek support from research data management specialists within your organisation, who can provide you with tailored advice. You can find links to the research data management pages of many UK higher education institutions in the website footer and in the RDM for researchers page.
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