Data Management Plans

What is a data management plan?

Simply put, a data management plan is a document that clearly and succinctly describes the data that will be generated during a research project and explains how investigators will preserve and manage the data and subsequently make it accessible over the long-term.

Although the requirements for the data management plan vary from one federal agency to another, there are some general guidelines that apply across all agencies. Data management plans typically describe the following elements:

  • the types of data to be authored;
  • the standards that would be applied, for example format and metadata content;
  • provisions for archiving and preservation;
  • access policies and provisions; and
  • plans for eventual transition or termination of the data collection in the long-term future

Use the DMPTool to build a data management plan for your proposal.

The Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool) is a fantastic online resource that walks you through each step of building a data management plan for a number of federal funding agencies. Specifically, the DMPTool enables you to:

  • Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies.
  • Meet funder requirements for data management plans.
  • Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for your data management plan as you build it.
  • Learn about resources and services available at your institution to help fulfill the data management requirements of your grant [2].

The DMPTool also allows you to save, preview, and export your plans, as well as share them publicly.

Click here to go to the DMPTool

Additional data management plan resources

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