A data management plan (DMP) is a short document you create at the start of your research to address how you will work with your data. A DMP supports the management of data through your project, helps you anticipate research data challenges in your project, and defines responsibilities regarding research data.
Common questions addressed in a DMP include:
There are free tools available to help draft a DMP: DMP Online (UK), DMP Tool (US), DMP Assistant (Canada). These tools have templates that reflect criteria to meet funding requirements, and can help design a plan with questions related to data in your subject area.
You can also draft your own DMP – just make sure you address all question areas to be comprehensive.
You may be required by a funding agency to retain your data:
Planning for the management of your data can help you prepare for these requirements from the beginning of your project.
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