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Data Management Plans

What is a Data Management Plan?

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a project document which describes the data (or similar evidence) that a project will collect, how it will be stored during the project, how it will be archived at the end of the project and how access will be granted (where appropriate).

At the start of a project, you should consider what evidence you will be collecting as part of your research. You will need to plan how you will look after data during the project and consider what you want to share once the project is complete.

What do funders expect?

Most research funders now require that research bids incorporate a DMP and that the research data produced as a result of publicly-funded research are openly available. Each funder has developed its own policy in line with its own disciplinary focus and strategy. If your research is externally funded, you will be expected to comply with your funder's policy.

Whether you are required by a funder to write a DMP or not, we recommend writing one to think through, and plan for, all of the data mangement issues you will encounter.

Follow the links in the navigation pane to find advice on different funder requirements, examples of DMPs written by other researchers at the OU and links to useful guidance documents.

DMP Online Data Management Planning tool

DMPOnline is a web-based tool which guides you step-by-step through the process of writing a DMP. This has been developed by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to assist researchers and research support staff to produce DMPs.

Creating an account with DMP Online

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Create account”
  3. Select 'Open University' from the 'Organisation' list

Hello I'm Isabel and in this podcast brought to you by Library Services I'm going to show you how to create an account on DMPOnline.

DMPOnline is a tool developed by the Digital Curation Centre to help you write and share your data management plans

The first time you use DMPOnline, you will need to sign up. Simply click on sign up, enter your email address; select your organisation from the list - by selecting Open University you will have access to OU guidance when you start writing your plans; and choose a password. Accept the terms and conditions and sign up.

The very first time you come into DMPOnline you'll be taken to the "edit profile" page. Here you can add your name and ORCID number and in the future if you need to, you can change your organisation, your email address and your password.

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Further guidance on writing a Data Management Plan

Contact the Library Research Support team