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.
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.
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.