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Data Management: Make a Plan

Prepare a data management plan for generating high-quality data that is ready to share

What are data management plans?

A data management plan may help you ...

  • identify and follow the requirements for research data (e.g., NSF, DOE and NIH grant applications have policies for data management and sharing)

  • design procedures for high-quality and efficient data work and then follow them consistently

  • assign data roles and responsibilities to research team members and then review data management procedures regularly

  • plan to share your work with the research community and to respond to future data requests (from funders, publishers, colleagues, etc.) 

In general, a plan describes ...

  • the nature of the data generated
  • data organization, storage, and back-up measures
  • quality assurance measures
  • plans for data sharing
  • roles and responsibilities for data management by team members
  • resources to be used for data management

Preparing data management plans

The DMPTool is an online service for building data management plans with step-by-step instructions and guidance for meeting specific funding agency requirements.

Other guides for getting started

Comprehensive guides to data management plans and activities

Checklists for data management plans

  • Checklists from DCC

Example data management and sharing plans

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