Researchers need to provide information about the outcome of their efforts for RDM. ZonMw measures the outcome through a number of key items (‘kerngegevens’). The key items relate to several aspects of the FAIR principles.

The key items / kerngegevens for a dataset (or other digital objects)

  1. The persistent Identifier (e.g. DOI-code) that refers to the dataset (provide the code)
  2. The digital repository (or data archive), preferably certified, where the dataset is deposited (provide the link)
  3. The online catalogue, or web portal where the dataset is registered or indexed and can be found (this may also be the repository) (provide the link)
  4. The terms of use giving the conditions for allowing other researchers to use the dataset (provide the link, or persistent identifier)
  5. The data format of the dataset, preferably machine readable (provide the name)
  6. The terminology (e.g., code, classification, ontology) for the data (provide the name, or link)
  7. A metadata scheme that provides information about (the provenance of) the research data (preferably a scheme that is specific for your research discipline. If not available, use a generic scheme) (provide the link)

For researchers who apply for a grant or have a ZonMw-project:

  • You must provide the information about the key items - as far as possible - at the beginning of your project, and at midterm. At the end of the project, you must complete the required key items.
    You can provide the information by making use of this list
  • Some programmes may have specific guidances or requirements for certain key items.  E.g. you may be required to use a code set or vocabulary that is a standard in your research field.
  • In some research programmes, not all key items are asked for. Check the call for proposals for the items that are required.
  • ZonMw may publish the key items of projects on its website.
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