A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a essentially an outline for what you're going to do with your data throughout the lifecycle of your research project. You may not have thought of everything, but by planning you can dodge major problems of data loss and you can foresee what you'll need to do to share the data at the end of your research. For example you can get the costs upfront for the services that you'll need so you can put that into your grant proposal so that the funders will pay it meaning you won't be stuck without the services that you need. DMPs support the researcher in thinking about all the relevant aspects of data management from the very beginning of a research project.
Note: Your DMP is a document that will change over time - they are working documents and should be updated as the project progresses or if there are any significant changes to the initial project plan.
In Horizon 2020 research projects should aim to make research data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable) this should be reflected in the DMP.
Creating a research Data Management Plan (DMP) at the start of the research project is the easiest way to open up research data and save time collecting, describing and analysing data. Effective management and documentation of research data means you can verify your results, replicate the research, and provide access to data. Funding agencies are progressively requiring data to be made publicly available and requiring the execution of a DMP.
To make sure you cover the essential elements of a DMP, we recommended you use a checklist that incorporates best practice in the planning of data management and funder requirements.
DMPs are very individual. Some funders specify a specific template for their DMPs (there are varying types) however if one is not provided you can checkout the examples below.
Please note: Not all elements or questions will be relevant to your research, use these examples as a starting point to help you structure your DMP.
ARGOS - An open and collaborative platform developed by OpenAIRE to facilitate Research Data Management (RDM) activities concerning the implementation of Data Management Plans.
DMPTool - Create data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements. The DMPOnline tool provides a free template for the drafting of your Horizon2020 DMP.
DMPOnline - helps you to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements.
DS Wizard - Create Smart Data Management Plans for FAIR Open Science.