Create Your Research Data Management Plan

Create a data management plan early on in the research process. Not only will it benefit you, but funders and publishers increasingly require the completion of data management plans.

A data management plan describes:

  • what data will be created
  • what policies will apply to the data
  • who will own and have access to the data
  • what data management practices will be used
  • what facilities and equipment will be required
  • who is responsible for these activities (i.e. if you are collaborating with others)

Watch this video for an overview of data management planning.

Start Early and Think Ahead

The earlier you start thinking about how you’ll manage your data the easier it will be; you can put good systems in place before you’re swamped with data.

The beginning of a project is the ideal time to think about this, but it’s never too late to assess your existing data management practices. Could you improve them? How might your research project develop? Will you want to reuse your data in later projects?

Store copies of your plan in at least two places and keep them up to date.

Checklists, Templates, and Plan Exemplars

Use a checklist to help you develop your plan, or to carry out an audit of your existing data management practices. From the following list, select those resources that best reflect your research discipline or situation. If your funder or publisher has templates of their own, use those in the first instance.

Planning Tools

Data Management Plan Examples

Manage Your Research Data Tool Kit

Researcher Development

Contact Us

Research Data Management Librarian
Guidance, training opportunities and practical support.

Research Development Team
Data management (funder retention requirements) advice for current and future research projects.

Information Technology Services (ITS)
Data-related services and advice on storage, backup, security, data quality, and metadata identification. Limited software for home installation.

Contact a Subject Librarian
Personal research help by email, phone, or appointment.


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