New Report Provides Recommendations for Effective Data Practices

29 Sep 2020

Hi to all interested in Exposing Data Management Plans, 

I encourage you to check out:

Implementing Effective Data Practices: Stakeholder Recommendations for Collaborative Research Support

This report makes suggestions for improving research data sharing and infrastructure in ways that are aligned with the interests of this working group.  The report is intended to encourage collaboration and conversation among a wide range of stakeholder groups in the research enterprise by showcasing how collaborative processes help with implementing PIDs and machine-actionable DMPs (maDMPs) in ways that can advance public access to research.

Five key takeaways from the report are:

  • Center the researcher by providing tools, education, and services that are built around data management practices that accommodate the scholarly workflow.
  • Create closer integration of library and scientific communities, including researchers, institutional offices of research, research computing, and disciplinary repositories.
  • Provide sustaining support for the open PID infrastructure that is a core community asset and essential piece of scholarly infrastructure. Beyond adoption and use of PIDs, organizations that sustain identifier registries need the support of the research community.
  • Unbundle the DMP, because the DMP as currently understood may be overloaded with too many expectations (for example, simultaneously a tool within the lab, among campus resource units, and with repositories and funding agencies). Unbundling may allow for different parts of a DMP to serve distinct and specific purposes.
  • Unlock discovery by connecting PIDs across repositories to assemble diverse data to answer new questions, advance scholarship, and accelerate adoption by researchers.

If you have any feedback or questions while reading the report feel free to reach out  in this forum or via email- several of us involved in the report and associated convening are members of RDA and its DMP related IGs & WGs and we'd be happy to discuss. 


Natalie Meyers