Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Nov 23, 2022     Views: 0

Now that you have completed a Research Data Management Plan for this project, and your project is underway, it's a great time to ensure that continual attention is given to consistent documentation practices so that the FAIR principles can be applied to the data outputs of this project.

The FAIR Guiding Principles provide guidelines to improve digital asset Find-ability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse (FAIR). The Library can help you enhance the fairness of your data set once published in ResearchDirect. Still, the contextual information you record during the project can make a difference to the overall usability of the data set for future research.

  • If your grant was awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), it would be important to note they are committed to maximising the benefits of ARC-funded research, including ensuring greater access to research data. The ARC Research Data Management policy requires a detailed data management plan to be in place prior to the commencement of a project. A range of resources, including information and guides on the elements of data management and data management planning, can be found on the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) website.
  • If  your grant was awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), it would be important to note their Open Access Policy acknowledges the importance of making research data publicly accessible and, therefore, strongly encourages researchers to consider the reuse value of their data and to take reasonable steps to share research data and the associated metadata arising from NHMRC-supported research. In addition, the NHMRC recommends developing a plan as best practice. 

If you need help with Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) submit a WesternNow form for Support request for research data management planning.

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