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Version 4, January 2018

The ADS is an approved digital repository for AHRC-funded projects. AHRC have advised that:

“For proposals in some fields the most appropriate approach may be to consider using a national discipline-based or specialist data archive to manage the long term preservation and dissemination of your data. Such services can provide domain-specific expertise in appropriate metadata standards and preservation formats, and may be able to maximize the re-use of your data. Where it is proposed to use such a service advice should be sought from the archive at an early stage during the preparation of your technical plan. Such repositories should normally be accredited by the Data Seal of Approval or an equivalent repository standard. Where a charge is raised for the management and long term preservation of data produced under the grant funding for this can be sought in the application as an eligible cost to the grant.”

Using a discipline-specific, open repository increases the exposure of your data to relevant audiences, increasing the likelihood of discovery and re-use, a key aim for funders such as Research Councils.

AHRC Technical Plans

AHRC publish comprehensive guidance on how to write technical plans, and organisations such as the Digital Creation Center (DCC) have several very helpful examples on their Data Management Plan pages.

The ADS can offer help and comments on draft technical plans to applicants intending to submit data to the ADS, who have been supplied with a quote for inclusion in their grant application. Please email your draft plan and Case for Support to our Collections Development Manager. Details of your application will not be shared outside the ADS until a project is funded and details are available on Gateway to Research.