Data Management section

For the collection/generation of data and the analysis of this data timely measures need to be taken to ensure the storage and later reuse of the data.

Questions Datamanagement section


  1. Will data be collected or generated that are suitable for reuse?
  2. Yes: Then answer questions 2 to 4 No: Then explain why the research will not result in reusable data or in data that cannot be stored or data that for other reasons are not relevant for reuse
  3. Where will the data be stored during the research?
  4. After the project has been completed, how will the data be stored for the long-term and made available for the use by third parties? To whom will the data be accessible?
  5. Which facilities (ICT, (secure) archive, refrigerators or legal expertise) do you expect will be needed for the storage of data during the research and after the research? Are these available?*


*ICT facilities for data storage are considered to be resources such as data storage capacity, bandwidth for data transport and calculating power for data processing.

Explanatory note

For the completion of the section please contact the university library/intended repository/ICT Department of your institute or university. They can help you with the completion of the data section.

The data management section focuses on FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) data during and after the research (archiving). In this section, NWO understands ‘data’ to be both collected, unprocessed data as well as analysed, generated data. Under this all forms are conceivable; digital and non-digital (for example samples, completed questionnaires, sound recordings, etc.). NWO only requests storage of reusable relevant data. NWO assumes, in principle, that within different disciplines there is a widely held view about which date are relevant to store for reuse.

The RDNL checklist provides a guide for the selection of data that can be eligible for archiving.

The importance and the value of reuse on the one hand and the costs and feasibility of data storage on the other should be in reasonable balance with each other and have a bearing on the volume of the data to be stored.

The data should preferably be archived at a national or international data repository. If that is not possible, the data should be archived by the institutional repository. Confidential, privacy-sensitive or competition-sensitive data might require special forms of storage or limited access. Solely storing the data on computers or external media (e.g. USB flash drive, CD, DVD or hard disks) is in general too risky and will therefore, in principle, not be approved by NWO. An overview of existing repositories with Data Seal of Approval can be found on this list of repositories.