If the funder does not require a formal data management plan, you can record data planning information in an internal document, which should cover the following types of information:
- what types of data will be created
- who will own and have access to the data
- what facilities and equipment and methods will be used to capture and process the data
- where data will be stored during the project and after the project is completed
- how data could be shared or published and what conditions of re-use will apply
- who will be responsible for each of these activities.
All partners should be involved in the development and signoff of a data plan.
You can also document your data planning in a variety of other places, including funding and collaboration agreements, ethics applications, and annual reports to funding agencies. If data plans are captured in these documents they will be treated as a corporate records and will be lodged with Information Management for retention purposes.
Resources and contacts
- ARC Discovery Projects – Instructions to Applicants for funding commencing in 2017 (see Part C – Project Description)
- Data Management Plans (Australian National Data Service)