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Data Management Plans

What is a Data Management Plan?

  • A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal document that describes the data generated during a research project.
  • A DMP also details all aspects of data management that will take place during the research lifecycle when data are collected, organized, documented, stored, preserved, and shared. 

Why Create a Data Management Plan?

  • A growing number of funding agencies require researchers to submit DMPs to ensure that data will be accessible and usable after a funded project has closed.
  • Researchers can use DMPs as living documents to ensure that the research data are accurate, complete, reliable, and secure; both during and after the research project.