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.
- Start by scanning this short introduction to Data Management Plans
- 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.
- Choose one DMP template or guide from the Australian, International or Discipline examples at the bottom of the ANDS DMP page
- 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.
You have completed the 10 medical and health research data Things!