Types of data

In this section, the DMP should include a description of the data that will be generated or collected, its origin (in case it is collected), nature and scale and to whom it could be useful, and whether it underpins a scientific publication. Information on the existence (or not) of similar data and the possibilities for integration and reuse. [Horizon2020 Guidelines]

From DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan, 4.0

What data will you collect or create?

Questions to consider:

  • What type, format and volume of data?
  • Do your chosen formats and software enable sharing and long-term access to the data?
  • Are there any existing data that you can reuse?

Guidance:  Give a brief description of the data, including any existing data or third-party sources that will be used, in each case noting its content, type and coverage. Outline and justify your choice of format and consider the implications of data format and data volumes in terms of storage, backup and access.

How will the data be collected or created?

Questions to Consider:

  • What standards or methodologies will you use?
  • How will you structure and name your folders and files?
  • How will you handle versioning?
  • What quality assurance processes will you adopt?

Guidance:  Outline how the data will be collected/created and which community data standards (if any) will be used. Consider how the data will be organised during the project, mentioning for example naming conventions, version control and folder structures. Explain how the consistency and quality of data collection will be controlled and documented. This may include processes such as calibration, repeat samples or measurements, standardized data capture or recording, data entry validation, peer review of data or representation with controlled vocabularies.

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