In the past I’ve had a look at the “Mantra” course from The University of Edinburgh which is really helpful.
They give an example of core components of a research data management plan (based on the DCC’s checklist). Most data management plans I have looked at contain some variation of these:
- Administrative Information
Name of the project and description, important dates, associated organisations, funding body, etc.
- Data Collection
Collection methods, types, formats, systems and structures for file management, etc.
- Documentation and metadata
Supporting documentation to help others read and interpret the data, metadata standards, controlled vocabularies
- Ethics and Legal Compliance
Consent needed for data collection, privacy and confidentiality concerns, copyright concerns.
- Storage and Backup
Where data will be stored, backup and recovery procedures, data security.
- Selection and Preservation
Contractual, legal or regulatory requirements impact on retaining, sharing, preserving data, length of time, details of repository or archive.
- Data Sharing
Discoverability, how it will be shared (e.g. repository), citation and persistent identifier.
- Responsibilities and Resources
Name of reponsible person(s) for each activity, hardware and software requirements, charges required, etc.