Data Management Plan (DMP)

Data management plan (DMP) is a formal document that describes the process of handling the data throughout the research project, from when it is acquired, how it is entered and stored, to when it is analyzed, and how it is preserved securely. It also describes the software and hardware systems and the quality control and validation of the same. As the research process shifts, the data management plan should be altered to reflect these changes accordingly.

Data management plans allow for consideration of the processes involved and identification of potential weaknesses before starting the study. The plan increases efficiency for the current research by providing a ready reference for all the necessary steps, and for future research by creating a well-annotated archive. In addition, Data Management Plans are often required by funding bodies as a part of the proposal.

Source: Data Management Plans. (n.d.). Longwood Research Data Management. Retrieved January 8, 2022, from