In the long term there are several crucial advantages that result from designing and implementing a research data management strategy:
- The visibility of your research and therefore its citation rate and reputation are improved as published data is considered as a stand-alone publication and recorded by organisations such as the Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index and other national and international databases.
- A good research data management plan increases your chances of securing funding. Many funding organisations expect a data management plan to be included in your application. They want to ensure that research and society will benefit from the project funding as much as possible. This means that the data obtained during the project should be available in a suitable form for others to use for a long time after the project has been completed.
- Publishers and journals also increasingly expect that the data on which publications are based will be made available to ensure transparency. This quality assurance measure improves journals’ reputations, which you also benefit from. In some cases, publishers, journals and data repositories collaborate to link research data with the associated research articles.
- You can work with the data for an extended period of time without any limitations as the risk of losing data is minimised and it is stored in a future-proof file format.
- Good research data management ensures that your data is preserved in the long term in a clear form and that it can continue to influence research developments long after the original research has been completed as it can be used, for example, in comparative research.
- You can also benefit from high quality data collected by other researchers that is available for you to use in your own research.
- Improved visibility makes it easier for you to find project partners and for others to find you.