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Data Management Planning

This guide is intended to assist researchers with data management and provide access to data management tools and services.

Data Management Planning



A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a 1-2 page summary explaining how you plan to manage the data gathered in the course of your research project.

Most funding agencies require researchers to submit a data management plan as part of their grant application; Detailed procedures for data collection, plans for dissemination, etc.

This guide serves as a resource to completing your DMP.

If you're not already a pro, check out MANTRA's free online course for Research Data Management Training.

DMP Elements

The following is based on NSF general plan guidelines:

  • The TYPES of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;
  • The STANDARDS to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);
  • Policies for ACCESS and SHARING including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
  • Policies and provisions for RE-USE, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and
  • Plans for ARCHIVING data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.