A Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management
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0.4 Structure of this Document

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0.4 Structure of this Document

In the original Capability Maturity Model, maturity levels contain key process areas that are organized by common features. Maturity levels serve as indicators of process capability while key process areas are where goals will be achieved (or failed). Common features address the implementation or institutionalization of key practices. The common features are defined in the original CMM as "attributes that indicate whether the implementation and institutionalization of a key process area is effective, repeatable, and lasting" (Paulk et al., 1993, p. 37). The organization of key RDM practice areas is based on the five common features specified in the original CMM:

Table 1. Common features in the Capability Maturity Model (Paulk et al., 1993, p. 38)

Commitment to Perform
Commitment to Perform describes the actions the organization must take to ensure that the process is established and will endure. Commitment to Perform typically involves establishing organizational policies (e.g., the rules for data management) and senior management sponsorship.
Ability to Perform
Ability to Perform describes the preconditions that must exist in the project or organization to implement the process competently. Ability to Perform typically involves resources, organizational structures and responsibilities, and training.
Activities Performed
Activities Performed describes the roles and procedures necessary to implement a key process area. Activities Performed typically involve establishing plans and procedures (i.e., the specific actions that need to be performed), performing the work, tracking it, and taking corrective actions as necessary.
Measurement and Analysis
Measurement and Analysis describes the need to measure the process and analyze the measurements. Measurement and Analysis typically includes examples of the measurements that could be taken to determine the status and effectiveness of the Activities Performed.
Verifying Implementation
Verifying Implementation describes the steps to ensure that the activities are performed in compliance with the process that has been established. Verification typically encompasses reviews and audits by management and software quality assurance.

There are five chapters in this document for the key process areas in research data management: 1) data management in general; 2) data acquisition, processing and quality assurance; 3) data description and representation; 4) data dissemination; and 5) repository services and preservation. Each key process area is further divided into a number of sub-areas. The description of these sub-areas includes definition of key concepts, rationale/importance, examples, and recommended practice.

The organization of the process areas follows the structure of the common features listed in Table 1. However, we made one change from the original CMM model. In our analysis of RDM practices, we found limited evidence of quantitative measurement or validation of processes, which we suggest reflects the current state of maturity of RDM. As a result, in this document we have combined Measurement and Analysis and Verifying Implementation as one practice area. 

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Paulk, M. C., Curtis, B., Chrissis, M. B., & Weber, C. V. (1993). Capability Maturity Model for Software, Version 1.1 (No. CMU/SEI-93-TR-024). Software Engineering Institute. Retrieved from http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?assetID=11955

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