I. Discovery and Planning

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Typical activities within Discovery and Planning Phase are:

  • research design (development of the research idea)
  • research data management planning
  • planning of data collecting, preparation of protocols and forms
  • searching and validating existing data


It is important to assure that research data are properly managed already in the discovery and planning phase in order to assure access to quality data. Research Data Management planning is intended to assure such quality data, since it includes care for the quality in collecting data, selecting data of long-term value and care for their long-term access.

The result of such a plan is a data publication in a data centre that is being reused by others and cited as a scientific reference in subsequent publications.


Research Data Management Plan

Laurence Horton, ADP course for doctoral students, Ljubljana 2015



During the entire research process, a special care needs to be given to the highest level of quality of the created research data. This includes the following aspects of preparing and conducting research:

  • caring for the quality at conceptualization, sampling, questionnaire design or designing the protocol of data collection,
  • caring for the quality at collecting or creating data and preparing data for analysis, and
  • caring for current and final documentation of the data and preparation of metadata for ingest.



„Data Management Plans (DMPs) are a key element of good data management. A DMP describes the data management life cycle for the data to be collected, processed and/or generated by a Horizon 2020 project. As part of making research data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR)...“.

Guidelines, 2016: 4.

DMP includes planning, describing and reporting about research procedure with the goal to:

  • ensure the protection of sensitive data,
  • maximize the potential of reuse of data,
  • support long-term preservation.

The topics of the research data management plan may be seen in the document bellow or downloaded in pdf.


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