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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.

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

DMP Creation Tool


DMPTool helps researchers create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements.  The University of Pittsburgh is affiliated with DMPTool.  To access, click "Get started” then "Option 1." 

Crafting a DMP class slides

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