What is the DLCF?
The Data LifeCycle Framework (DLCF) is a nationwide effort to connect existing services such that researchers can make use of existing national, state-based, local, and commercial eResearch tools.
The DLCF aims to connect critical elements of the data journey from grant approval through to project finalisation, results publication and archiving while leveraging existing eResearch investment to provide a flexible and dynamic national DLC framework to support research.
A shared information model capturing information throughout the DLC will be an enabler for institutions to effectively locate, process and reuse data, thereby reducing the institutional risk associated with non-location of data sources.
Institutions will have the flexibility to use elements of the framework that are common across institutions while continuing to maintain their internal business processes and procedures if desired. There will be the opportunity to positively impact the direction of ongoing framework development through continuous feedback, together with the option to opt-in or opt-out of components of the framework.
It is important to note that the DLCF is not a National Data Management Plan, although it does lay the foundations for enabling a national view and understanding of research data; its location, relevant uses, owners, custodians, and provenance.
The DLCF intends to provide the connecting infrastructure between existing local data management processes and policies and the wide array of national, local, state-based, and commercial infrastructures available to researchers.