Adapt your DMP: part 6


This is the sixth 'Adapt your DMP' section in this tour guide. To adapt your DMP, consider the following elements and corresponding questions:

  • Will the data you produce and/or used in the project be usable 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?
  • Will the application of a persistent identifier to your data be ensured?
  • When will your data be made available for re-use? 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 licensed to permit the widest re-use possible?
  • Have you considered which kind of licence 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 the checklist as pdf (CESSDA, 2018a) or editable form (CESSDA, 2018b), and keep them as a reference while you are studying the contents of this guide.