Research Data Management is essential for responsible research and should be introduced when starting a new project or joining a new lab. Managing data across a project and/or a team allows for accurate communication about that project. Setting up a clear data management plan and strategy for consistent data documentation makes the research process throughout the entire lifecycle smoother. So, where do you start?

We have created guidance that outline the important steps for onboarding new employees and/or trainees to a lab or new projects. While the principles are general, these documents focus on Harvard policies and resources. You will find internal links to applicable practices, and external links as supplementary resources. For assistance with terminology, visit Data Management Terminology.

Once you have set up standard procedures for onboarding employees, ensure you close the lifecycle of their work with RDM Offboarding and Knowledge Transfer!

Jump to the Onboarding Checklist Document.

New Lab Onboarding: Data Planning

New Lab Onboarding: Data Storage

New Lab Onboarding: Data Sharing

New Project Onboarding: Data Planning

New Project Onboarding: Data Storage

New Project Onboarding: Data Sharing

Research Data Management Onboarding Webinar
RDM Seminar Recorded Fall 2023
Watch the following video to learn more about the onboarding process.