The Graduate Student Lifecycle is a variation of the more commonly described research data management lifecycle. The University of Virginia Libraries breaks down the Graduate Student Lifecycle into four components:
- coursework and getting organized by developing basic data management information and coordinating productivity tools;
- proposal writing and research planning for meeting grant requirements and setting plans into action for how to manage data;
- data collection and analysis where tools and software are needed and prospective plans for data storage and access are addressed; and
- writing, publication and preservation where study findings are published, data is prepared for sharing by finding an appropriate repository or archive where it can be used by others in the future.
These four steps summarize the processes that a graduate student would need to undertake should they be using data and publishing research findings.