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Scholarly Communication @ UT: Data Management Plans

A guide to learn more about scholarly communication, including open access, copyright, and grant funding resources.

Data Management Plans

What is a data management plan?

Data management plans outline what a researcher is going to do with their data during their research and after the research is concluded. Data management plans should include:

  • the types of data that will be collected or created
  • where the data will be stored and the organization of the data
  • the roles and responsibilities of research team members
  • how the data will be accessed and shared
  • policies for the reuse of the data
  • plans for the long term storage and/or archiving of the data

DMP Tool

Use the Data Management Planning Tool (DMP Tool) to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements.

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Questions for your Data Management Plan

A data management plan should outline how you will store the data, organize it, and share the data after research is concluded. Some questions that should be addressed by a data management plan include:

  • What research data will be created?
  • What policies (funding, institutional, and legal) apply to the data?
  • What data management practices (version control, storage, backup, archiving) will be used?
  • What equipment or services (hard drive, data repository) will be required for data management?
  • Who will be responsible for managing the data?

Why should I have a data management plan?

There are a few great reasons to create a data management plan.

  • Data management plans are now required by some funders, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Some funders may require you archive your research in a repository.
  • Your grant proposal may be more competitive if you can demonstrate that you will manage, preserve, and share your data.
  • You will be prepared for possible data loss ahead of time, because you crafted a data management plan with backups.

A stronger data management plan will create a stronger research project.

Additional Resources

Consult other data management guides for additional resources for your data management plan: