What is a data management plan (DMP)?
A Data Management Plan describes the data and metadata gathered through a research project. It includes information about the data files, plans for data storage, and rules for sharing data.
Research data is the data created or generated as part of a research project and exists in many formats including numeric data, text, transcripts, images, video and audio recordings. Research data management describes the activities researchers perform as they create and save their research data.
In the spirit of good data stewardship and funding agency requirements the adoption of Research Data Management (RDM) practices are increasing worldwide. In Canada a handful of funding agencies require researchers to apply RDM practices to their data to ensure it is comprehensive and accessible long-term.
Why is it important to properly manage your data?
Most researchers today work with a lot of research data, and without proper data management it can be difficult to keep track of everything!
Proper data management can make it easier for you to: