Access and sharing

In this section, the DMP should include a description of how data will be shared, including access procedures, embargo periods (if any), outline technical mechanisms for dissemination and necessary software and other tools for enabling re-use, and definition of whether access will be widely open or restricted to specific groups.  In addition, the DMP should list the repository where data will be stored. [Horizon2020 Guidelines]

From DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan, 4.0

Questions to consider:

  • How will potential users find out about your data?
  • With whom will you share the data, and under what conditions?
  • Will you share data via a repository, handle requests directly or use another mechanism?
  • When will you make the data available?
  • Will you pursue getting a persistent identifier for your data?

Guidance:  Consider where, how, and to whom data with acknowledged long-term value should be made available. The methods used to share data will be dependent on a number of factors such as the type, size, complexity and sensitivity of data. If possible, mention earlier examples to show a track record of effective data sharing. Consider how people might acknowledge the reuse of your data.

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