A data management plan (or DMP) is a formal plan that describes how research data are managed throughout the lifecycle of a research project. Planning saves time in the long run by integrating processes within and after the life of a project. It minimizes the need to reorganize, reformat, or attempt to remember details about data when disseminating and sharing with others. Many funding agencies and journals have data management policies and guidelines.
Adapted from: The Portage Network. (n.d.). How to manage your data: Frequently asked questions under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
The Portage Network has developed a tool called the DMP Assistant to help researchers prepare data management plans. The DMP Assistant is a bilingual tool that can help you prepare a good data management plan (DMP). It will take you step-by-step through a number of key questions about data management. To get started:
The DMP Assistant will guide you through important questions to consider, which may include but are not limited to the following: