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Research Data Management

Data Management Plans

Writing a Data Management Plan

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a short document that outlines the practices you will follow to collect, store, and manage your data. Developing a DMP during the early stages of your research, even if you are not required to submit one as a part of your funding application, is highly beneficial to ensuring the long-term security of your data. Many funding agencies, specifically federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have specific data management requirements that must be addressed in a DMP.

DMPs are generally brief and should address how you will comply with that funding agency’s policies on data sharing and retention. Common topics addressed include:

  • What is the data and in what format will it be collected?
  • How much data will be generated?
  • What documentation and metadata standards will you be using?
  • How will the data be stored and backed up?
  • What data will be shared, by whom, and how?

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Create a Data Management Plan with DMPTool

DMPTool logoUNTHSC provides free access to the DMPTool, a web-based tool that helps you construct your data management plan. The DMPTool provides funding agency-specific templates to ensure you are meeting specific funder data management requirements. If you've never written a DMP, you can browse sample public DMPs to help you start.

To get a DMPTool account:

  • Access the DMPTool
  • Click “Get Started” and select “University of North Texas” from the drop down menu
  • Log in with your UNTHSC EUID and password