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Research Data Management: Sharing

Sharing / Copyright Issues

Sharing Data:

Most data management plans expect information about sharing your data and perhaps clarification of any copyright issues. The information you might need to include in your Data Management Plan are:

  • Expected schedule for data sharing
  • Method of data sharing
  • Any copyright or intellectual property rights to the data
  • Circumstances that prevent sharing, such as confidentiality of data, and how you will address this


Following is an example of the questions asked about long-term data storage for an IMLS grant:

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Data Management Plan Tool

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Useful Links

Useful links:

DataONE: Sharing data: legal and policy considerations

ICPSR Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans

UK Data Archive Managing and Sharing Data, page 29