Adapt your DMP: part 6


This is the sixth and final 'Adapt your DMP' section in this tour guide. After working on this chapter, you should be able to plan for data archiving and publication. To adapt your DMP, consider the following elements and corresponding questions:

    • Will the data you produce and/or used in the project be useable by third parties, in particular after the end of the project?
    • Which data and associated metadata, documentation and code will be deposited?
    • What methods or software tools are needed to access the data?
    • Is documentation about the software needed to access the data included?
    • Is it possible to include the relevant software (e.g. in open source code)?
    • What data quality assurance processes will you apply?
    • When will your data be made available for reuse. Is there an embargo period?
    • How long does the data need to be retained? For how long should the data remain reusable?
  • How will the data be made available? What access category will you choose?
    When thinking about access categories consider the following:

    • What did the participants consent to?
    • Does the data contain anything sensitive?
    • Can the information in this data collection be linked with anything in another data collection which might lead to participant’s identities being disclosed?
    • If ‘restricted access’ is to be chosen who will manage the access to this request?
    • How will your data be licenced to permit the widest reuse possible?
    • Have you considered which kind of license is appropriate for sharing your data and what, if any, restrictions there might be on re-use?
    • If you are purchasing or re-using someone else’s data sources have you considered how that data might be shareable, for example negotiating a new licence with the original supplier?

For easy reference, we have put together a list of DMP-questions for all chapters in this tour guide. You can view and download it (CESSDA, 2017) and keep it as a reference while you are studying the contents of this guide.