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Preparing a Data Management Plan

This guide is to help you prepare a data management plan.

What is a data management plan?

What is a data management plan?

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal document outlining how you will handle data during your research project and after the project is complete.

  • Data management addresses the entire lifecycle of your data--from creation to organization, access, storage, preservation, and distribution.
  • Managing your research data ensures that it will be accessible and usable over time.
  • Managing your data is a key step to avoiding plagiarism and false claims, and to not losing your information.
  • A data management plan may be required by your professor or by a grant funding agency, plus it's a good idea to organize your data for your own personal and professional interests.


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