A data management plan (DMP) helps you reflect on the collection, storage and sharing of your research data. DMPs come in many different shapes and sizes, and its format can vary from discipline to discipline. Questions in a DMP cover the entire research process, from describing your data (size, format etc.) to legal and ethical issues, and responsibilities in case of a security breach.
DMPonline is a UK developed data management planning tool that provides guidance and examples to help researchers write DMPs. A Danish installation of DMPonline, provided by the Danish e-Infrastructure Consortium (DeiC), is available to all employees at Danish research institutions and their collaborators.
Not all questions may be applicable to your field of research or at the current stage of your research project. Composing a DMP is an iterative process, and the plan should be consulted frequently throughout the research process.
Most DMPs cover the following topics:
1. Data Collection
2. Documentation and Metadata
3. Ethics and Legal Compliance
4. Storage and Backup
5. Data Sharing
6. Selection and Preservation
7. Responsibilities and Resources
Some funding bodies (e.g. Horizon Europe) require researchers to make their data FAIR. Read more in our LibGuide here.