Data Management Plan

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a living document used to describe how research data is handled during the research process and after a research project is finished. Its purpose is to facilitate the preservation and accessibility of research data.

The point of a Data Management Plan is to highlight various aspects of the research data process, such as the collection, documentation, analysis, storage and archiving to facilitate the reuse of the data in future research. What the DPM looks like depends on the scientific field, type of data and demands from higher education institutions. Several funders, including the EU project Horizon 2020, now require DMPs at the grant application submission state. 

The Swedish National Data Service (Svensk Nationell Datatjänst, SND) has created a checklist for DPMs. It can be good to keep in mind that all parts of the checklist aren't equally important for all projects.

Remember that the DMP is a living document. Each time there is a development in a research project the DPM should be updated to reflect these changes.