Planning ahead is critical to the success of any research project. Before you start, think through as many of the details as possible so you can budget enough time and resources to get everything accomplished. If you are requesting funding for your research, a Data Management Plan (DMP) may be required.
A DMP is a written document describing your data and what you will do with it during and after your research project. Most funding agencies require one, and each has specific requirements. Even if not required, writing a DMP can be a hugely useful exercise that can save you time, money, and a lot of pain in the long run.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” template, but the following considerations will apply in most situations:
The DMPTool is a great place to begin. It is designed to help researchers create ready-to-use data management plans tailored to specific disciplines and/or funding agencies.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.