After data collection, you will share your data with other researchers or, if you decide not to share your data, make sure that data are intelligible and accessible in the long term. At best, the project’s approach on data sharing and data archiving has already been outlined in a data management plan, at the beginning of your project. Questions that you have to address at this stage of your project are:
- (How) Will you share your data? (e.g. all data that were collected or publication related data only)
- Which archive or repository will you use to publish your data?
- How will you maintain privacy and confidentiality when sharing your research data?
- Under what terms and conditions are you going to make your research data and other research outputs available? Did you pick an appropriate license?
- How can other researchers cite your research data?
- What are your plans on long-term archiving and data storage (i.e., to make your data intelligible and accessible in the long-term)?