Data Management Plan

During your research process you get to handle a substantial amount of data. In order to keep track of this data, organize and structure it well, a Data Management Plan (DMP) is essential.

What is a data management plan?
A data management plan is a document you develop at the start of your research project. It tells the story of your research data. In this document, you’ll outline what and how your research data were collected and what you will do with your data during and after your research.

Benefits of writing a data management plan:

  • Comply with funder mandates
  • Make research transparent (for instance for reproduction and validation purposes)
  • Enhance data FAIRness (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable)
  • Protect data subjects
  • Comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Writing your own Data Management Plan (DMP)

EUR researchers can use the EUR Data Management Plan template to write their DMP. The template is designed as a questionnaire in which you can choose from prefilled answers. Where applicable, references are made to relevant external documents or people whom you can consult. Please note, the questionnaire is quite extensive in order to be able to include the different choices that researchers can make. The appendices describe in detail how to act when pursuing FAIR principles for sharing data. 

For data related issues, you can also consult the contact at your school. Researchers of:

Funders and DMP's
Furthermore, most project funders have their own specific data management plan templates.