Data Management: Data Management Plans
What is a Data Managment Plan?
A DMP is a formal document outlining how you will handle your data both during your research and after the project is completed.
Why Create a DMP?
Many funding agencies require formal data management and/or sharing plans as part of their granting process. Each funding agency has specific requirements so be sure to check for your specific grant.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data Management & Sharing--Draft Policy
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data Sharing Policies & Guidance
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissemination & Sharing of Research Results
- Requirements from additional agencies
However, there are many other reasons to create a DMP besides as a grant requirement, including:
- saving time
- simplifying research
- facilitating sharing & preservation
- decreasing chances of data loss
- extending the life of your research
Components of a DMP (detailed on class slides)
- Data Types = what data?
- kinds of data, how and who collected it, how much
- Data Formats = data details?
- what format, research field standards, documentation, metadata
- Data Access = data restrictions?
- privacy / de-identified, security, IP / copyright, embargo
- Data Re-use = data sharing?
- requirements, organization, annotation, availability, citation information
- Data Preservation & Archiving = data saving?
- long term plan, format issues, back up, costs