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Some research institutions and research funders now require researchers to submit a Data Management Plan (DMP) for new projects. What should a DMP cover? Could you write or help with one?

Finding the essentials of a Data Management Plan

We have explored several important data management concepts during these 10 Things. The best research practice is to consider these at the start of a project. By planning ahead the research team can improve research efficiency, guard against data loss, enhance data security, and ensure research data integrity and replicability.

A Data Management Plan (DMP) documents how data will be managed, stored and shared during and after a research project. Some research funders and human research ethics committees are now requesting that researchers submit a DMP as part of their project proposal.

  1. Start by scanning this short introduction to Data Management Plans
  2. Now browse through some public DMPs from either the CDL or DataOne, and open up one or two of the DMPs to see the type of information they capture:

You will have noticed that DMPs can be very short, or extremely long and complex.

Consider what are the 2 or 3 pieces of information essential to include in a medically related DMP and why these in particular?

Preparing a Data Management Plan

We have explored several important data management concepts during these 10 Things. Many Data Management Plan (DMP) templates are now freely available for reuse.

  1. Choose one DMP template or guide from the Australian, International or Discipline examples at the bottom of the ANDS DMP page
  2. Spend 5-10 minutes starting to complete the template, based on a research project you have been involved with in the past.

Consider the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen template.

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