The Data Management Plan

The table below outlines the elements of a data management plan. These elements are similar to those required by the National Institutes of Health that come into effect on January 25, 2023.

DMP Elements
Plan Element Description
Data Type(s) A description of the scientific data to be managed, preserved, and shared. This should include both a general summary of the types and the estimated amount of scientific data to be generated and/or used in the research and also a description of which scientific data from the project will be preserved and shared.
Related Tools, Software and/or Code An indication of whether specialized tools are needed to access or manipulate shared scientific data to support replication or reuse.
Standards A description of what standards will be applied to the scientific data and associated metadata (i.e., data formats, data dictionaries, data identifiers, definitions, unique identifiers, and other data documentation).
Data Preservation, Access, and Associated Timelines Plans and timelines for data preservation and access. This includes the name of the repository(ies) where scientific data and metadata arising from the project will be archived, how the data will be findable and identifiable, and when the scientific data will be made available to other users.
Access, Distribution, or Reuse Considerations This portion of the plan should describe any applicable factors affecting subsequent access, distribution, or reuse of scientific data related to informed consent, privacy and confidentiality protections, and whether access to scientific data derived from humans will be controlled.
Oversight of Data Management and Sharing A description of how compliance with the plan will be monitored and managed, frequency of oversight, and by whom (e.g., titles, roles).

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DMPTool has been created by a group of institutions led by the California Digital Library. The tool is designed to help create high-quality DMPs that meet the requirements of their specific funding agency.

The DMPTool can:

  • Help you meet the funding requirements of your next grant.
  • Help collaborate in sharing co-ownership with colleagues.
  • Plan, create, and maintain all of your DMPs.
  • Share your data management plan publicly.

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