When you are starting a new research project, you will need to consider a number of issues relating to research data management and sharing. These issues are relevant whether your research is funded by an external sponsor or not.

Writing a Data Management Plan is an important first step when you are still in the pre-project stage. Your Data Management Plan is a living document — you can refer to it later on in the project, and make changes to it when necessary. Some of the main things to consider are

There is also a checklist to help you get started with data management and sharing — Where do I begin with data management?