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Data Management Plans

A data management plan (DMP) documents the envisioned data life cycle for one or more datasets. A DMP describes how the data will be handled from first conception of the project until the data are archived or, if necessary, deleted.
The DMP answers at least the following questions:
  • What data are been collected / created?
  • Who needs to be informed prior to data collection?
  • In what form and where will the data be stored during the different project phases?
  • Who can access the data (and when)?
  • Who is responsible for the data management during the various project phases?
  • What are the legal requirements?
  • Will the data be made available to third parties and if so, how?

Some funding organizations require a Data Management Plan (DMP) as part of a grant application or as a deliverable during the project. The DMP then usually needs to comply with certain standards. Such funders include:
  • the European Research Council (ERC)
  • the European Union (EU)
  • most British funders for example Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • the Wissenschaftsfonds (FWF)
  • the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
  • the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – depending on the funding line
  • the VW fundation

See also data management requirement of the funders.

Various software tools can assist with writing a data management plan (DMP). Examples include DMPonline or DMPTool .
Since November 2019 FAU members can use a local installation of the software tool RDMO.
Instructions for using RDMO (in German) are available in this StudOn course.

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