Managing data involves time and costs, which need to be considered when budgeting for the project. Examples of costs:

  • Time (managing, cleaning and coding the data)
  • Software (costs for purchase or licence/year, start-up costs)
  • Staff (data manager for the project, research engineer for programming)
  • Safe storage (server space, safety cabinets)
  • Ethical review application

If your project involves building, for instance, a database or a web service that is to be maintained after the end of the project, this has to be considered in the budget. If specified in the application, these costs can usually be covered by the project grant. The library and the IT-unit/LDC can help you estimate the costs.

Costing data management

With Data management costing tool and checklist to help formulate research data management costs, UK Data Service.

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