May 21, 2022

NISO Publishes Primer on Research Data Management, First in a New Series of Primer Publications

From the National Information Standards Organization:

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has launched a new Primer Series on information management technology issues with the publication of the first primer on the topic of Research Data Management.


The primer on Research Data Management provides an overview of how data management has changed in recent years, and outlines best practices for the collection, documentation, and preservation of research data. The importance of creating a data management plan (DMP) before beginning a research data project is emphasized.

Crucial questions regarding how the data will be managed are answered ahead of time in a DMP, thus making it easier for the researcher to collect and document the data properly for future use and reuse. Creating research data that is easily reproducible and transparent is the ultimate goal, and following the guidelines in this primer can help educate researchers to ensure their data is available for others. The differences between publishing papers and publishing datasets and the citation challenges the data community are working on solving are also discussed.


[Our emphasis] This primer on Research Data Management and the forthcoming primers on Understanding Metadata and Linked Data for Cultural Institutions are introductory documents on these important topics relating to information management for those new to our community, or for those who just need a summary understanding of these issues.

The NISO Primer series will be freely available and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons-BY-NC 4.0 license.

Direct to Complete Announcement (Includes Comments by NISO Exec. Director Todd Carpenter and Carly Strasser, Author of the Primer)

Direct to Full Text: Research Data Management by Carly Strasser (27 pages; PDF)
“A Primer Publication of the National Information Standards Organization”

A Few Related Items

“How to Track the Impact of Research Data with Metrics” (July 9, 2015)
From the Digital Curation Centre.

“Five Steps To Decide What Data To Keep: A Checklist For Appraising Research Data” (October 31, 2014)
From the Digital Curation Centre.

“Recommendations for the Role of Publishers in Access to Data” (October 30, 2014)
Co-authored by Carly Strasser.

“DataShare: Empowering Researcher Data Curation” (via International Journal of Digital Duration (Vol. 9, No. 1; 2014))
Co-Authored by Carly Strasser.

About the Author: Carly Strasser’s Homepage, Blog, and Bio

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.