Data management planning is one of the key processes in planning your research.
Most of research funders require a DMP as part of the funding application process (e.g. Business Finland), or after funding has been approved (e.g. Academy of Finland) or during the first six months of the project (e.g. Horizon Europe). The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for making decisions on data management and open access to research data.
However, creating a DMP for your project is always a good idea, even if it is not mandatory or if you will not be able to provide access to your data!
A DMP should be considered a ‘living’ document - it is ideally created before or at the start of a research project, but updated when necessary as the project progresses. Planning for data management is therefore not a one-off event, but a process. The plan is a reference document for everyone working on your project - make sure that you follow and revise it during your work, and when finishing a project.
- How the project proposes to collect data and use existing data
- How the project follows FAIR principles
- The methodologies and standards that will be applied
- How the data will be curated and preserved
- The ownership and user rights of the data used or produced by the project
- How the data produced will be open for use by other researchers during the project and after its conclusion
- Research ethics and information security
- Costs of managing data.
Informed consent of human subjects to research is an essential part of data management. The appropriate anonymisation of personal information enables the opening of otherwise confidential research data. Make sure to prepare a description of the registration of personal information. Read more about the handling of personal data.