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Handbook for Adequate Natural Data Stewardship

Guidelines on data stewardship and practical toolbox for researchers at Dutch University Medical Centres (UMCs).

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Hands is a handbook on data stewardship providing guidelines on data stewardship as well as lists of practical steps to take for each stage of the research data life cycle. A toolbox refers to additional expertise and resources within or outside your UMC. 

The content of HANDS is continually improved and updated. Suggestions for improvements at

Data stewardship

Data stewardship refers to sustainable care for research data as integral part of the research process. It covers all actions necessary to make digital research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) during and after your research project, including data management, archiving and reuse by third parties. 

Adequate data stewardship is a prerequisite for high-quality science.


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    Datatypes Biosample Data, Clinical Imaging Data, Clinical Research Data, Digital Pathology Data, Experimental Data
    Research Process Access to Data & Samples, Analysis, Data generation, Define Research Question, Experimental Design, Improvement of Research/Care, Translation & Dissemination
    Type Document
    Status Mature
    Origin NFU
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