Planning 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 by the funding agency or organization.
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 useful exercise to help you keep your data organized.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” template, but the following are the parts typically included.
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