You should document how you will manage your research data before you start your research.
You may need a research data plan for your research grant application or as a contractual requirement.
Other benefits of having a plan are:
RMIT has outlined some guidelines to assist you in managing the research data management.
RMIT has developed Data Management Plan templates that you can use to plan and record how you will store and look after the research data you use and collect.
Use of the templates is optional. If you are seeking more sophisticated data management planning tools, links are available in the Research Data Planning Tools box below.