There are lots of decisions to make before you start to create your data. Making these choices early on in your project can save you time and effort later, and your decisions will affect how you can use, share and publish your data.
Many funders now expect you to show you've engaged in data planning. You can do this by writing a data management plan, which is a document describing how your data will be handled both during a research project and after the project has ended.
If you are applying for research funding you may be required to submit a data management plan as part of your grant application..
Other common names for a Data Management Plan include:
Throughout these web pages, we use the term "Data Management Plan" to cover all of these and similar documents.
Writing a data management plan for the first time can be challenging. However, it is worth taking the time to consider issues thoroughly and to find answers to any questions you identify as this will save you time and effort later.
The data management issues relevant to your area of research are unlikely to change rapidly, so you will be able to re-use and adapt aspects of your data management plan for future research projects.