A Checklist for Planning Research Data Management

  • Gabriel Stöckle
  • the WissGrid team
Part of the Springer Series in Astrostatistics book series (SSIA, volume 2)


WissGrid’s objective is to establish long-term organizational and technical grid structures for the academic world. WissGrid is a joint project of the five scientific grid communities AstroGrid-D [1], C3Grid, HEP-Grid, Medigrid, and TextGrid. It combines the heterogeneous needs of a variety of scientific disciplines and develops concepts for the long-term and sustainable use of the organizational and technical grid infrastructure of D-Grid. Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH) (Center for Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg) is building on the experience of the astrophysical community project AstroGrid-D in the development and transfer of applications to the grid and in setting up grid structures and services. Here we present a checklist as a tool for scientific project managers for planning their data management. Our goal is to ensure that data collected today can be mined by scientists and data mining experts in the future.



I wish to thank J. Ludwig (SUB, Göttingen), T. Rathmann (DKRZ, Hamburg), H. Enke (Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, Potsdam), P. Heraudau (Argelander-Institute for Astronomy, Bonn), M. Demleitner, J. Fohlmeister (Astronomisches Rechen-Institut at the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University, Heidelberg), and the WissGrid team for their expertise and support. The WissGrid project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


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    Publications of WissGrid’s long term preservation group (only in German). Accessed 15 Jun 2011
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    Liz Lyon (2007) Dealing with data: roles, rights, responsibilities and relationships. Accessed 15 Jun 2011

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Astronomisches Rechen-Institut am Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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