Data management plans (DMP)
A Data Management Plan (DMP) describes how the research data is handled both during actual research and after the project has been completed. The goal of a DMP is to highlight various aspects of data management, such as: collection, documentation, processing, storage and archiving. The purpose is to facilitate conservation and openly make research data available. Several financiers require that a DMP be included in applications, eg. Horizon 2020 and Vetenskapsrådet to name a few.
Examples of data management plans
- Checklist for Data Management Plan (Swedish National Data Service, SND)
Note that parts of this checklist might not be relevant to all types of projects.
- Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020
- Checklist for a Data Management Plan (Digital Curation Centre, DCC)
- Data Publication Plan (Environment Climate Data Sweden, ECDS)
SND also has a data management guide.
Kickstart your DMP
The British Digital Curation Center (DCC) has developed DMPonline, which is a help tool for creating data management plans. Even though it says "UK users only", you can still create an account and use it. It contains a variety of templates for data management plans, which are adapted to the requirements of different research financiers. There is a template for research projects financed by Horizon 2020. There are no templates for Swedish financiers, but there is a financier-independent template that can be used. Then you can start your data management plan in the tool and also export it and continue the work on your own.