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Datasets: Managing your Data

Data Management Plan

  • A Data Management or Research Data Management plans describes how data collected for a research project will be managed. The plan should outline how data will be collected, documented, organized, shared, and preserved, during and after the completion of the research project.

  • DMPs are an increasingly important part of the evolving scholarly record and promote greater transparency in research, reduce duplication, support replication and verification, and are increasingly required by funding agencies and the peer-review process.
  • Deciding where to deposit your datasets is part of this process and datasets are hosted in different type of repositories including universities, research organizations hand/or discipline-specific repositories.

Resources and tools available to manage this process include the following:

Courses/Guides on data management

  • MANTRA – University of Edinburgh

A free online course from the University of Edinburgh to support an understanding of the data management process and specifically helpful for post-graduate students and early career researchers.

This guide provides general information about data management, including an overview of Data Management Plans (DMPs), file naming conventions, documentation, security, backup, publication, and preservation.


“The DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans. These plans, or DMPs, are now required by many funding agencies as part of the grant proposal submission process. The DMPTool provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements. It also has direct links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and resources for best practices surrounding data management.”