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Data Management

What is a DMP?

A DMP is a formal document outlining how you will handle your data both during your research and after the project is completed.

Components of a DMP

  • 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

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:

  • promotes discovery, new research
  • supports validation, replication of research 
  • facilitates sharing & preservation
  • increases article citation rate
  • saves valuable time
  • decreases chance of data loss

Pitt-Specific Guidance

DMP Resources

Build a Data Management Plan 

Create a DMP

Examples of DMPs