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How to write a data management plan (DMP)

 

A data management plan (DMP) is a document stating your data management practices both during and after a specific research project. Many funding agencies (NSF, NIH, NEH, US Army, etc.) require a DMP with new grant applications.

In general, a DMP should include:

  • type(s) of data being collected (size, format, etc.)
  • plans for documenting your research (including metadata)
  • plans for data storage
  • plans for data sharing and preservation

Funding agency DMP requirements vary widely so check their website before starting to write!

Other names for DMPs: data sharing plan, data products plan, data access plan, data plan, information products appendix, etc.

 

Resources for writing a DMP

 

Best Practices for DMPs

  • Write a DMP before starting a research project and write a separate DMP for each project
  • Write a DMP even if your funding agency doesn't require one
  • Share your DMP with all collaborators
  • Your DMP should be a living document (i.e. update it throughout the project lifecycle)

 

Examples of DMPs

DMPTool has a repository of sample DMPs for many funding agencies; however, they haven't been vetted for completeness, quality or adherence to funder guidelines.

Sciences: Data Sharing Plans for human subjects research (NIH)

Social Sciences: Social and Political Science data (generic DMP created by ICPSR)

Humanities: DMPs from successful grant applications 2011-2014 (NEH ODH); more info about these DMPs

Physical samples: DMP for bone/wood lauder studies (NSF)

 

 

Make a plan for your data

Library contact

Joanna Thielen

Joanna Thielen

Assistant Professor
Research Data Librarian
Science Librarian for Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics
jthielen@oakland.edu

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