This post has been written by Liz Stovold, Research Data Support Manager and Information Specialist, Cochrane Airways.
A data management plan (DMP) is an important part of a research project and many funders require a DMP as part of a research proposal. A DMP will typically cover issues such as data collection, format, storage, security, documentation, discoverability, reuse, sharing, retention and preservation. Thinking through these issues before embarking on your research will help to improve the organisation of your data throughout the lifecycle of your research and save you time in the long run.
To help you with writing your data management plan, St George’s subscribes to DMPonline – a tool provided by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). To access DMPonline you simply need to log in with your St George’s credentials:
From the dashboard, click on ‘create plan’ and off you go!
Detailed guidance is available in the help tab, together with links to a wealth of resources on data management planning and examples of data management plans. You can also look at publicly shared DMPs from the reference tab:
Using DMPOnline to write your DMP offers a number of benefits:
- access to funder specific templates
- built-in guidance for each section of the plan
- invite your collaborators to join the plan
- add comments for your collaborators
- option to request feedback on your plan from the SGUL Research Data Management Service
- export your plan in a variety of formats including MS Word and PDF
- option to keep your plan private, share with SGUL DMPOnline users, or share publicly
Jones, S. (2011). ‘How to Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan’. DCC How-to Guides. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online: https://www.dcc.ac.uk/guidance/how-guides/develop-data-plan (accessed 6 August 2021).
DCC. (2013). Checklist for a Data Management Plan.v.4.0. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/data-management-plans (accessed 6 August 2021).
If you would like further support with developing your plan then please do get in touch at: email@example.com
Visit SGUL Research Data Management for general information and guidance about research data management.