Open access to data is dependent on good data management
Good data management is a key component of open access to research data. Using a data management plan (DMP), researchers can describe how data that are collected and/or created will be managed during the course of the research, and how they will be taken care of afterwards.
The data management plan is intended to be a support in the research process, to facilitate the documentation of data before, during and after a research study. In particular, it is intended to be a support for the researcher and research team to document the various central data management elements and issues in a structured way, and thereby facilitate the planning, implementation, and future use of and access to research data.
The Swedish Research Council’s template for data management plans
The Swedish Research Council recommends that the template for data management plans produced by the Swedish Research Council and the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) is used.
The template for data management plans is based on the ‘basic requirements’ set by Science Europe, and contains six common sections that a data management plan should describe. The template can, as necessary, be expanded with more questions to make local or discipline-specific adaptations.
Guide to using the template
To support and complement the template, an accompanying guide has been produced. The purpose of the guide is to increase the understanding of the guiding questions in the template.
The guide can be used by researchers, but the primary target group is research-supporting functions that support the researchers’ work with data management plans. The guide may also be of use when producing local or discipline-specific adaptations.
Digital tool for data management plans
Sunet’s range of products and services now includes a digital tool for data management plans. This is one of several possible alternatives that HEIs can use as support for producing and maintaining data management plans. Read more about the service on Sunet’s website External link.
The Swedish Research Council has appointed a work team to coordinate the national work on data management plans, to support increased open access to research data.
In addition to the Swedish Research Council, the group includes representatives from the following organisations:
- Chalmers University of Technology
- University of Gothenburg, hosting the Swedish National Data Service (SND)
- Formas (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development)
- Forte (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare)
- Karolinska Institutet
- National Library of Sweden
- Linköping University
- Linnaeus University
- Lund University
- Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
- National Archives
- Stockholm University
- Young Academy of Sweden
- Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF)
- Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC)
- Umeå University
- Uppsala University
- Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency)