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)
When you start writing your data management plan, you can use the following sources:
- Our Checklist Data Management Plan helps you answering the basic DMP questions and starts you off with a good foundation. The template is tailored to the requirements which are laid down in the Information Security Policy EUR.
- Have a look at our instruction video Research Data Management, an introduction to DMP.
- Follow one or more of the Research Data training sessions.
- Get guidance by using the DMPonline tool to help you write your data management plan.
Funders and DMP's
Furthermore, most project funders have their own specific data management plan templates.