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Introduction: the 5 steps

Creating a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) for the first time can be confusing. These are the steps you should follow to create an RDMP with the University of Sydney's online RDMP tool.

Step 1. Understand research data management practices                                                             

Step 2Apply these practices to your project by filling in the RDMP checklist

Step 3Submit a formal RDMP via the University of Sydney RDMP tool using the RDMP tool help page to guide you through

Step 4Put your plan into action!

Step 5Update your plan online as it changes

Step 1.

To gain an understanding of research data management practices view this Research Data Management 101 video (which runs for just over 22 minutes), or sign up to attend a training session in person.

Step 2.

Apply research data management practices to your project by filling in the RDMP checklist.

Go through each item in the checklist, a lot of which you'll be familiar with from Research Data Management 101. For anything you're unsure of, check the Research Data Management Guidelines for more information, or get in contact with us at researchdatasupport@sydney.edu.au 

Step 3.

Once you've understood how research data management practices apply to your project, you're ready to create a formal RDMP using the University of Sydney RDMP tool. As you go through the questions in the RDMP tool, use the RDMP tool help page to understand what some of the questions mean and what information you should include in your answers.

**Pay particular attention to question 11 as this is where you'll need to include the majority of information about how you'll manage your research data.**

Question 11. Provide a description of the research data that you and your team will generate or use within the project 

Using information that you gathered while doing your RDMP checklist, address a number of different things in this question including:

  • The type of data you’ll generate, collect or create e.g. interviews, cell samples, photographs, observations (update if this changes throughout the project)
  • How you’ll generate, create or collect data (update if this changes throughout the project)
  • The file formats that data will be collected and stored in (add in file formats for preservation when known)
  • The file naming procedure that will be followed (update if this changes throughout the project)
  • The versioning procedure will that be followed (update if this changes throughout the project)
  • The descriptive information (metadata) that you’ll keep for your data (update if this changes throughout the project)

Step 4.

Put your Research Data Management Plan into action! Following your plan throughout your project should mean that you're following good research data management practices and will ensure your data is:

  • findable
  • stored safely and securely
  • accessible so you can support your research findings
  • ready to be published if you need, or want to!

Step 5.

Throughout your project, keep your RDMP up to date. It's expected that your plan will change as your project evolves and grows - you might even end up  taking your project in a direction that you didn't expect to! You can log in to the RDMP tool whenever you need to update it (an annual or 6 month review is recommended). At the end of your project, the RDMP should be an accurate description of the research data and the research data management practices that have been followed throughout the project.