Social Science Data Management: Creating Data Management Plans
Creating a data management plan
Need to create a data management plan?
Data Management Plans (DMPs) are an important part of the research data lifecycle. DMPs are an outline of what a researcher will do with their data during a project and afterward. Although all researchers would benefit from creating a DMP, many are required to create a DMP as part of their grant proposal submissions. DMPs often include:
- Types of data including file formats
- Data description, including metadata schemas
- Data storage
- Data sharing, including confidentiality and privacy restrictions
- Data archiving and responsibility
- Data management costs
In-person consultations at the Marriott Library
The University of Utah Marriott Library provides free, expert guidance to members of our research community on preparing data management plans tailored to your specific discipline. Let us help you write a competitive DMP to make your grant proposal stand out and to help you plan your data management for your upcoming project.
For expert, in-person DMP assistance, contact a data management librarian two weeks before your grant proposal deadline; however, we will help you in a shorter time frame as well. A data management librarian will meet with you in-person, discuss your project, and gather relevant information about your data management plan. After the meeting, we will be able to review and provide comments on your data management plan.
For data management plan assistance for the social sciences and humanities contact Rebekah Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 581-7701.
For data management plan assistance for the sciences, contact Daureen Nesdill at email@example.com or (801) 585-5975.
The California Digital Library has created a free online tool to help researchers create Data Management Plans called the DMPTool. For immediate online DMP assistance, go to https://dmptool.org/.
Here are some online tools to help you create a data management plan:
- California Digital Library, University of California Curation Center. “DMPTool: Data Management Planning Tool” https://dmptool.org/ (for US researchers).
- DCC “DMPonline.” https://dmponline.dcc.ac.uk/ (for UK/Europe researchers).
- Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance. “Data Management Plan Tool v.2.” http://www.iedadata.org/compliance/plan.
These resources will help you become familiar with your particular agency's requirements:
- Digital Curation Centre (DCC). “Overview of Funders’ Data Policies.” http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/overview-funders-data-policies.
- University of Minnesota. “Funding Agency Guidelines.” https://www.lib.umn.edu/datamanagement/funding.