It's a good idea to make a plan for the collection, documentation, storage, security, preservation, and access of your research data at the beginning of your project. Some research funders require you to submit such a plan as part of grant applications.
The Data Management Plan (DMP) Assistant is a tool created by the Portage Network to help you organize and document your plans for your research data. Simply create an account, start a new project, and provide responses to questions around your intentions for your data. Once you've completed the outline, a final DMP can be exported and appended to a grant application and/or shared with your research team.
It is becoming increasingly common for funding agencies and publishers to require that researchers make their data openly available. Take a close look at the policies of intended publications or granting agencies at the beginning of your research project for open data requirements.
Some notable funding agencies and publishers with open data policies:
If you are required to make your research data open, check with the publisher or granting agency to determine if they have preferred repositories or restrictions on methods of publication. Most organizations are flexible, allowing deposit in any repository that is publicly accessible.
Three common places to publish your data are: