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Data Management Plan (DMP)

What is a DMP?

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a document you create that sets out how you will organize, store and share your research data at each stage in your project. A DMP is a living document that can be modified to accommodate changes in the course of your research. A DMP is a high level plan: no private data is exposed.

Elements of a Data Management Plan

Typical Requirements for DMPs

Individual funding agencies may have different or additional requirements, and varying levels of detail will be required for each of these areas depending on the type of study being conducted. In general, a data management plan will include the elements documented below. More detailed guidance can be found by following the links in each section.

  1. Types of data that will be produced or collected
  2. Standards (data formats and metadata) and tools
  3. Access and sharing plans for data
  4. Provisions for privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements
  5. Archiving and preservation plans for data

There exist a variety of different DMP templates with several common elements, but there is not real standard template yet in Canada.  Some sample DMPs: