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What is a Data Management Plan?
Most government agencies that fund research require those who receive grants to create a data management plan as part of the grant request process.
A complete data management plan addresses the following:
- Data Collection - collecting data that is reliable and valid.
- Data Storage - collecting and storing the appropriate amount of data such that your research can be reconstructed.
- Data Analysis - the interpretation of your data, how conclusiongs are derived from data.
- Data Protection - insuring that sensitive data is not tampered with or stolen.
- Data Ownership - the legal rights pertaining to your data.
- Data Retention - determining how long data must be kept and how to properly destroy sensitive data.
- Data Reporting - publication of data.
- Data Sharing - sharing data with other researchers and the general public; when you should not share data.
Adapted from: Office of Research Integrity. Guidelines for Responsible Data Management in Scientific Research. Retrieved from http://ori.hhs.gov/images/ddblock/data.pdf
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