Data Policy: Overview
Data policy encompasses all steps of the data life cycle and therefore all phases of a project. Data policies should be written into a project plan. Data policies govern how volunteers collect scientific data, and also how scientists collect data from volunteers.
Through data policies, scientists ensure stewardship of the data they gather. Data policies often include instructions on writing and accessing metadata and on archiving data. Finally, policies dictate what can be done with scientific data-- who can use it, how, and to what end.