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.

General outline of the key items / kerngegevens for a dataset (or other digital objects)

  1. The persistent Identifier (e.g. DOI-code) that refers to the dataset.
  2. The digital repository (or data archive), preferably certified, where the dataset is deposited.
  3. The online catalogue, or web portal where the dataset is registered or indexed and can be found (this may also be the repository).
  4. The terms of use giving the conditions for allowing other researchers to use the dataset.
  5. The data format of the dataset, preferably machine readable.
  6. The data model and/or terminology (e.g., code, classification, ontology) for the data.
  7. A metadata scheme that provides information about (the provenance of) the research data. 
  8. In case of animal research it is recommended to register the study and protocol(s).

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
  • Check the programme and /or call for proposals for any specific requirements with respect to your DMP and the key items.
  • ZonMw may publish the key items of projects on its website.
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