Funding agencies often require plans for your data – so make sure you have one

A data management plan (DMP) is a document you create that sets out how you will organize, store and share your research data at each stage in your project.  A DMP is a living document that can be modified to accommodate changes in the course of your research.

For step-by-step guidance in creating a Data Management Plan, we recommend the following online tools:
  • DMP Assistant – To create DMPs for Canadian funding agencies, such as CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC
  • DMPTool – To create DMPs for US funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation
  • DMP Online – To create DMPs for UK and European funding agencies

Before collecting your data, you should consider the metadata you will need to provide with the data to make it easily understood, as well as the privacy, intellectual property, copyright, or licensing issues to be addressed with regard to the sharing.

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