Research funding organisations, research organisations, and individual researchers
have different needs and requirements when it comes to research data management
(RDM). The core requirements for data management plans (DMPs) and criteria for the
selection of trustworthy repositories are collected in the guide proposed by Science Europe “The international alignment of research data management”. The aim of this guide is to provide organisations and communities with a common basis from which they can develop RDM policies. These should be considered as minimum requirements that can be supplemented with more specific ones according to the needs of the community or organisation in question.

Main topics

The guide is divided into three parts.

  1. Core Requirements for Data Management Plans: six aspects that every
    DMP should cover, with detailed guiding questions. Research funding organisations, research organisations, and research communities are encouraged to use the core requirements for data management plans as a basis to set up their own DMP templates. At a later stage, the core requirements can also serve as reference document for the evaluation of DMPs. 
  2. Criteria for the Selection of Trustworthy Repositories: four topics
    detailing criteria that every trusted repository should meet. The criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories will help research funding organisations, research organisations, and individual researchers to identify repositories for storing and sharing data.
  3. Guidance: more detailed information and examples to support the
    implementation of the requirements and criteria into an organisation’s policies.

This guide was developed in a way that makes it useful for a large number of
organisations and researchers. It focuses on content-related questions and does
not refer to any procedural aspects of using DMPs and selecting a repository, as
those may differ significantly among organisations.

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