Create & Receive

RDM Consultation: Research Data Design

It is strongly recommended to start with the handling of data to be collected in a planned manner from the outset of a research project. This helps to avoid unpleasant surprises in the further course of the research. The following questions can be helpful:

  • What type of data is generated?
  • What are the expected storage requirements?
  • Who should have access to the data during the project, as well as afterwards?
  • Which publications are planned on the basis of the data?
  • Can the data be reused by other individuals or institutions?
  • Is there a reason, such as patenting, commissioned research, or spin-off, why data publication should be refrained from?
  • Is an informed consent for data collection meaningful or necessary?
  • Does it make sense to pre-register, i.e. to publish the research plan before the study is conducted?

These are the aspects that should be documented in writing, preferably in a Data Management Plan, and coordinated within the research group.

Furthermore, the good research practice principles apply from the conception phase onward.

The Article “Toolbox for Research, or how to facilitate a central data management in small-scale research projects” (Bialke et al., 2018) provides helpful insights on relevant aspects of research data management in small-scale research projects with limited resources.