At the start of a research project, it should be established whether research data on the topic already exist. A suitable repository for each discipline may be searched here:
The implementation of a research project is greatly facilitated if a number of preliminary queries regarding the generated data and their management are answered first:
Writing a data management plan helps to address these individual aspects systematically.
During the analysis and interpretation process, the approaches defined in the data management plan provide orientation and help to maintain an overview. In addition, they create the basis for publishing a selection of work data as research data with little additional effort.
The work data that are important for the traceability and verifiability of research results or which might serve as the basis for other researchers should be published in a research data repository. In this repository, research data are stored, making them accessible and searchable online as well as keeping them archived on a long-term basis.
An overview of repositories may be found here:
Once these steps have been successfully implemented, the research data can be searched, found and re-used by other researchers. As data author, you also promote new scientific discoveries in this way and will therefore be cited by other researchers.
To structure a research project from the beginning step-by-step, we recommend the creation of a data management plan. Firstly, this will help you to find your way around your own data (“Where did I file that Word document again?”; “The photographs from the archive are all called img123.jpg”). Secondly, the creation of the plan facilitates the publication of research data ‒ after all, you considered that from the outset. Thirdly, more and more research funding agencies demand the submission of a data management plan. And, finally, it makes it easier for us to help you manage your data.
Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you in drawing up a data management plan.
You can find a sample template here: