When working in a research team, writing a data management plan (DMP) is a good exercise for considering the roles and responsibilities of each member regarding to data management. Communicating the project plan with clearly defined roles and responsibilities helps ensure quality data stewardship.
Examples of roles :
- data collector
- metadata generator
- data analyzer
- project director
- data model and/or database designer
- computing staff responsible for backup and/or storage
- staff responsible for running instruments
- administrative support staff responsible for grant submission
- specialized skills as defined in the plan (GIS, relational database design/implementation, computer programming of sensors/input forms, etc)
- external data center or archive
Steps to assign responsibilities:
- identify the skills needed to perform each task listed in the data management.
- match skills needed to available team member and identity gaps.
- develop training/hiring/staffing plan.
- assign roles and responsibilities.
- schedule regular check in.
- develope a contingency plan if key personnel leave the project.
Reference: Theresa Valentine, DataONE (May 11, 2011) "Best Practice: Define roles and assign responsibilities for data management". Accessed through the Data Management Skillbuilding Hub, at DataOne.