for Researchers & Teams

Writing Data Management Plans

January 27, 2018 by @khondula

Many funding agencies require proposals to include a section addressing plans for data management. This includes how you will handle data as it is being collected during the project, as well as plans for sharing and archiving once the project is complete. Here is a collection of resources we’ve found helpful for writing DMPs:

Where relevant, you can save yourself wordy descriptions of any generated (i.e. newly collected or modeled) data and (especially) metadata if you can reference existing standards. For example, you can reference ISO 19115 and follow its specification for any geographical metadata you might generate, rather than get into the weeds on file formats, compression, etc. Or reference the Ecological Metadata Language standard for describing ecological datasets you generate.

For help finding an appropriate long-term data/code repository, check out the quick start page on sharing synthesis data products.