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 Vetenskapsr├ądet to name a few.

Examples of data management plans

SND also has a data management guide.

The database Sherpa Juliet states whether research financiers requires you to publish your data.

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. 

Important!

A data management plan is a living document, which should be updated every time a research project develops in order to reflect the changes and document what has happened.

Closely tied to the demands of DMP that has arisen lies the FAIR principles. That data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

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