What is a data management plan (DMP)?
A data management plan is a document outlining how a researcher plans to manage data during and after a research project including how it will be organized, maintained and shared.
Why do you need one?
More and more funding agencies are now requiring researchers to submit a formal data management plan (DMP) when applying for grants
How do you create a DMP?
The library recommends using the DMPTool. Check to find your institution on the list of participating institutions so you can login using your NetID. This tool will walk you step-by-step through the requirements for each of the above funders and upon completion will provide you an exportable data management plan. If your institution is not on the list, you can create your own account by selecting “Not in List” as your institution upon login. If you are requesting funding from an agency not covered by the DMPTool, please see the Funder Requirements box for contact a librarian for assistance.
Funding bodies increasingly require grant-holders to develop and maintain data management plans to preserve and share their often irreplaceable findings. Requirements for research publications and data do differ.
The 2013 Public Access to Federally Funded Research memo from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directed most grant-funding agencies to develop policy requirements public access to resulting articles and data.