Research Data Management provides an opportunity for researchers to create a plan ensuring data will be organized and shared with others. When employees leave, they take their skills and institutional knowledge with them. It is important to record essential informative information related to projects and datasets to ensure the success of future users.

We have created checklists that outline the important steps for offboarding employees/trainees when they leave the institution. While the principles are general, these documents focus on Harvard policies and resources. Internal and external links have been provided throughout the document as supplementary resources, including a glossary of terms. For additional assistance with terminology, visit Data Management Terminology.

Note: We suggest utilizing the checklist in conjunction with the RDM Onboarding Checklist!

Research Data Offboarding
RDM Seminar Recorded Fall 2021
Watch the following video to learn more about the offboarding process