Within six months after the project start date, beneficiaries of the ERC projects participating in the ORD Pilot have to formulate a data management plan, a brief plan to define what data sets the project will generate or process, whether and how these data will be made accessible, and how they will be curated, stored and preserved. The data management plan should also provide information on the measures taken to safeguard and protect sensitive data. For ERC projects, the data management plan must provide information such as: - Data set reference and name, - Data set description, - Standards and metadata, - Data Sharing methodology, - Curation and preservation methodology. The data management plan will also have to specify if certain datasets remain closed and the reasons for not giving access should be given. Participants of the Open Research Data Pilot need to take the following three steps: 1. Deposit research data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications, including associated metadata, in the repository as soon as possible. Also other data (for instance data not directly attributable to a publication, or raw data), including associated metadata, should be deposited. 2. Take measures to enable any third party to access, mine, exploit, reproduce and disseminate (free of charge for any user) this research data, for instance by attaching a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) to the data deposited, or by waiving all interests associated to copyright and database protection using the CC0 tool. 3. Provide information via the chosen repository about the tools available in order for the beneficiaries to validate the results, e.g. specialised software or software code, algorithms and analysis protocols. Where possible, these tools or instruments should be provided.