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Data management plans Guide

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

Data management plans Guide