Data management planning

Successful RDM is a process that starts at the initial research planning stage with the formulation of a data management plan (DMP). This document describes how you will handle the data generated in the course of your research project and what will happen to it afterwards. Most major funding bodies require the submission of a DMP as part of the grant application: this is mandatory for six out of the seven research councils, although the other, EPSRC, expects a DMP to be in place for all projects awarded funding.

The content of your DMP will vary depending on your research context and the information required by funders. Your DMP is not a static document and should be reviewed and updated throughout the research project. Therefore, when writing, then implementing a DMP, you should:

  • Pay close attention to the data policies of relevant funders and/ or publishers, as well as the NTU RDM Policy and the DCC guidance for best RDM practice.
  • Use the web based tool DMP Online to help you write your DMP. This offers templates for specific funders, step-by step guidance, as well as options to share and review your plan.
  • Refer to the Checklist for Data Management Plan ┬áproduced by the DCC. This offers a comprehensive overview of the different elements of RDM that you should consider and plan for.
The NTU Research Data Management Officer is available for further advice on compliance with university, funder and journal data policies, and can assist with the development of your DMP.