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Research Data Management: Data Management Plan

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal document that outlines how data are to be handled both during a research project, and after a project is completed; it typically addresses:

  • The types of data to be collected or created
  • Methodologies for data collection and management
  • Data format, including data and metadata standards
  • Plans for sharing data, including policies affecting access and reuse of the data by other researchers
  • Plans for archiving and preserving the data

A DMP is a valuable tool for navigating research projects; writing a DMP at the beginning of a project, and keeping it reviewed and updated periodically ensures that all aspects of data management are fully considered throughout the project lifecycle. The provision of DMPs in grant application submissions is often required by funding bodies nowadays.

Build your data management plan

Here are some free online tools that researchers may used when creating their data management plans:

DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans (DMPs) with template and guidance. It provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements. It also has direct links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and data management best practices resources.

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Note: CityU is a participating member of DMPTool; as a CityU member, you can login DMPTool with your CityU credentials.

Useful guides:

Public Plans in DMPTool:
[Plans created using the DMPTool service and shared publicly by their owners.]

DMPOnline is a web-based tool that supports researchers to develop data management and sharing plans. It is based on the open source DMPRoadmap codebase, which is jointly developed by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and the University of California Curation Center (UC3).

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Public Plans in DMPonline:
[Plans created using the DMPonline service and shared publicly by their owners.]

Other useful resources on DMP

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