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What is a Data Management Plan and Do I Need One?
A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal document that explains how you will organize your data throughout your project, from the beginning of your research until after it has been been completed. Many funding agencies require a data management plan as part of the proposal process. This may sound intimidating but we have many tools and resources to help you create your DMP.
Before you start:
Consult with your advisor or department chair at the very beginning of your proposal process. There may be department-specific examples, workflows, or boilerplate statements already in place that will help you define the scope of your DMP.
Ultimately, your DMP will address essential topics such as:
- Roles and responsibilities
Who will monitor the DMP and how will adherence to the plan be verified?
- Expected data
What data types will you create or capture?
- Period of data retention
How long will the data be kept after the completion of your research?
- Data formats and metadata
Which file formats will you use for your data and why?
- Data dissemination and policies for public access, sharing and publication delays
Are there any ethical or privacy issues to consider?
- Data storage and preservation of access
What is the long-term strategy for maintaining, curating and archiving the data?
DMP Writing Resources
Michigan Tech is not a member institution, but you can still create a free individual account, download templates for many funding agency data management plans, and use the plan writing wizard. The template prompts you with relevant questions, automatically formats your DMP, and creates a PDF of your plan for easy submission with your funding application.
ICPSR - Framework for Creating a Data Management Plan
This framework can be used as an outline in assembling data management plans to accompany funding applications. ICPSR is an international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations that provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.
Office of Research
Research Development staff in the Vice President for Research Office can help you write a data management plan that complies with your grant proposal requirements. Learn more from their Proposal Development page.
For more information or to schedule a proposal consultation, please contact the Research Development staff at 906-487-3126 or email email@example.com.