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NWO updates its data management protocol in January 2020

17 January 2020

On January, 1st 2020, NWO has updated its data management protocol. Here you can read the information on the NWO website . The basic principles will remain. The main changes are as follows:

For all grants awarded from the 1st of January 2020, a new Data Management Plan (DMP) template will apply, in line with Science Europe’s Core Requirements for Data Management Plans. The new NWO DMP template and guidance is available via Zenodo. It will also be available on NWO’s website and via DMPonline in January.

For all grants awarded starting from 1st January 2020, the DMP will need to be completed in consultation with the RDO. NWO staff will keep reviewing and approving data management plans in house, following a rubric that will be made publicly available.

Although research software does not fall strictly under the definition of research data as far as NWO’s data management protocol is concerned, NWO recognizes that software (algorithms, scripts and code developed by researchers in the course of their work) may be necessary to access and interpret data. In such cases, the data management plan will be expected to address how information about such items will be made available alongside the data.

To reduce administrative burden for researchers, NWO will also start accepting data management plans created from institutional DMP templates. NWO will publish a list of approved institutional DMP templates on its website starting from January 2020. The RDO aims to have such a template available for use in the RDMP webtool at the end of January.

The data management section of grant applications is also being revised. A revised data management paragraph will appear in the first quarter of 2020. There will then be a closer match between the questions asked in the data management section and the data management plan. The focus will move from storage during the project to data sharing and data reuse.

Last modified:17 January 2020 1.10 p.m.

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