Different funders use different data management plan (DMP) templates. We recommend you use the DMPOnline tool from the DCC which allows you to create both generic DMPs and DMPs based on templates from various funders. Hints and tips are included at each stage from the funder, the DCC and the University of Southampton.
It can be daunting if you ahve never wrtitten a DMP before. You may find it useful to look at sucessful DMPs. The DCC have a list of “real life” DMPs and you also look at examples from UCL. We also have some Southampton DMPs which we can share on request
The Research Data team can review your data management plan before you submit your grant application.We would prefer to have at least two weeks notice before the deadline. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A data management plan (DMP) identifies the data that will be
It addresses how this will be done, clarifying roles and responsibilities and any requirements to restrict access to data, where sharing is the default position. Even if your project funder does not require planning, it may be useful to write a DMP because time spent reflecting on roles and options at the start can save time later and provide additional benefits, for example:
A DMP will bring most benefit if it is referred to and updated throughout the project and viewed as an integral part of the research process.
DCC have a list of “real life” DMPs at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/data-management-plans/guidance-examples
UCL also have a list of DMPs: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/research-support/research-data/policies/writing_DMPlan
We also have some Southampton DMPs which we can share on request.
If your funder requires you to write a data management plan (DMP), you should follow any guidance that they provide. Most funders provide detailed guidance including templates or section headings to follow. Requirements vary from funder to funder and over time, so ensure that you have relevant and current information - see guidance from funders.
The support offered by the University aims to complement the support provided by funders. Support is not just for the development of your DMP, but also for its implementation at any point during the lifecycle of your project.
Some funders do not have specific guidance on DMPs, but do have advice and requirements for data sharing - see guidance on Data Access Management and Sharing.
The Principal Investigator (PI) or lead investigator for the research is responsible for ensuring that the data management plan and/or research proposal meets the requirements of the funder’s policy and the University Research Data Management Policy. The Faculty is responsible for providing guidance for decisions.
If your funder requires you to write a data managment plan (DMP), follow that funder's current advice. If your funder has no specific requirements or your research is unfunded see our taking account of the following:
Facilities available for data storage, access and management
You may need to store and archive all your data institutionally, or store raw and/or processed data prior to archiving with a specified discipline/funder repository. Different storage options may be effective at different stages of your work. You may want to:
Roles and responsibilities
The roles and responsibilities of individual researchers should be defined. Where roles are not clear, you can seek advice from the Associate Dean Research in your Faculty.
Consistent description and labelling of data
You may have more than one audience for your data, particularly if it needs to be made available publicly or through a request process. Embedding the addition of relevant metadata as part of day to day workflow can help you find your own files more effectively and help others find your work and cite it correctly. You may want to:
Full guidance is available on Describing data for effective reuse.