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Data Management Plan

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A data management plan (DMP) describes the strategies and measures for handling research data during and after a project. Its goal is to approach and determine the technical, organizational and legal aspects of research data management as early as possible. Therefore, the development of a data management plan should be part of project planning, and is expected by a growing number of research funding organizations (e.g. DFG, EU Horizon 2020) when applying for research funds.

Aspects of a data management plan

A data management plan should include the following topics:

  • A project description
  • Existing types of data
  • Data generated in the project
  • Data organisation
  • Administrative and legal aspects
  • Archiving, data exchange and data publication
  • Responsibilities and duties
  • Costs and resources

The costs for the data management can be calculated using free tools like OpenAIRE RDM costs tool.

Checklists and Guidelines Show content
  • Checklist for research data management (WissGrid-Project: Leitfaden zum Forschungsdaten-Management, p. 83, German)
  • Guidance and Checklist for writing a data management plan (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, German)
  • Guidelines for writing a data management plan in Horizon 2020 (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, German)
  • Guidance for data management plans in the Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020 (European Commission)
  • Guide on the structure of data management plans (Digital Curation Center, DCC)
  • Checklist for writing a data management plan (Digital Curation Center, DCC)
  • Guidance for writing a data management plan (Natural Environment Research Council, NERC)
  • Data Management Wizard (KomFor: Center of competence for research data in the earth and environmental science)
  • Elements of a data management plan (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, ICPSR)
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Tools Show content

These tools for the creation of data management plans are already in use in the scientific community:

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