Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Data Rights and DoD Acquisition

This series of three 1-hour webinars will provide insight into what should be considered with respect to data rights when acquiring software. Whether your software is developed as part of a larger weapons system or is a stand-alone product, software data rights can be an issue. Data rights also play a very important role during sustainment, but they must be considered during the acquisition phase.

This set of webinars will provide basic information on why data rights are important, a risk-based method of helping to determine what rights are needed, and information on how to include data rights in your acquisitions.

Who should attend?

  • Members of DoD program offices
    • Program Managers
    • RFP Developers
    • Software Engineers
    • Contract Staff
    • Engineering Staff
    • Logistics Staff (sustainment issues)
  • DoD acquisition policy makers
  • Software development contractors

  • Topics

    Lecture 1:
    What are data rights
    When are data rights a concern

    Lecture 2:
    DFAR data rights clauses
    Contract components

    Lecture 3:
    What is a risk-based data rights strategy
    Risk areas and risk levels
    RFP evaluation


    Upon completion, participants will be able to

    • recognize the complexity of managing data rights in a DOD environment.
    • identify DFAR and contract clauses that impact data rights.
    • prepare a risk-based data rights strategy.
    • utilize a data rights strategy in RFP evaluation.


    This course has no prerequisites.


    This course is presented in the form of three online lectures. Each live lecture will be approximately 1 hour in length and will allow opportunities for submission of questions to the SEI instructor during the presentation. Following the live delivery, the recording of that lecture and additional resources will be made available to participants.

    If you miss a lecture, you will be responsible for viewing the recording before participating in the next lecture.


    Learners will have three weeks to complete the course.

    Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials.

Course Details

This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites.

To schedule a private delivery of this course for your group, please contact us at

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Phone: 412-268-7622