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This introductory guide is likely to be of particular interest to researchers and research administrators who are charged with preparing a data management plan for a research project or an institution. It covers:

  • What are data management plans?
  • Why do I need a data management plan?
  • What does a data management plan need to cover?
  • Other issues to consider

Key messages:

  • Data management in some form is an unavoidable consequence of working with data
  • Taking time at the start of a research project to put in place robust, easy-to-use data management procedures will usually pay off several times over in the later stages of the project
  • Different disciplines have different conventions. In order to facilitate cooperation, you should make sure that your data management is compatible with the prevailing standards in your discipline