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Tools for Writing your DMP
Data Management Checklist
The following questions can help you to begin to think about how you will manage your data and the answers will be useful for developing the content of a data management plan.
- What type(s) of data will be produced?
- What file format(s) will the data be saved as? Are those file formats proprietary? Will they degrade?
- Will the data be reproducible?
- Do you need tools or software to create/process/visualize the data?
- How much data will it be, and at what growth rate?
- How often will it change?
- Who will potentially be using your data both now and later?
- How long should it be retained? (e.g., 3-5 years, 10-20 years, permanently).
- Does your institution have a data retention policy?
|Privacy and Security
- Any special privacy or security requirements? (e.g., personal data, high-security data).
- Any sharing requirements? (e.g., funder data sharing policy).
- Have you chosen a repository in which to archive your data?
|Data Management Plan
- Does your funding agency require a data management plan in the grant proposal?
- How will you be documenting your data and project?
- What directory and file naming convention will be used?
- What project and data identifiers will be assigned?
- Is there a schema, ontological, or other metadata standard in your field for sharing data with others?
|Storage and Backup
- What are the strategies for storage and backup of the data?
- Are you aware of support backups?
- When and where will the work be published?
- Who in the research group will be responsible for data management?
- Who controls the data (PI, student, lab, institution, funder)?
Example Data Management Plans
UC San Diego example plans
Several examples intended to provide a starting point for the development of other proposal-specific Data Management Plans.
DataONE example plans
Scroll to the bottom of the page for example DMPs developed by participants of a DataONE Best Practices workshop
ICPSR example plans
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) has guidelines and examples focused on social science research.
Last updated on Mar 20, 2023 11:37 AM