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What template should you use to draft your Data Management Plan (DMP)?

Description

A number of DMP templates are currently available, originating from different funding agencies or institutions. Moreover, there are ongoing efforts to develop templates for machine-actionable DMPs.

Considerations

  • Each funding agency could require or recommend a specific DMP template.
  • Your institution could require and recommend a DMP template.
  • Template could be presented as list of questions in text format or in a machine-actionable format.

Solutions

  • Consult the documentation of your funding agency or institution, or contact them to figure out if they require or recommend a DMP template.
  • A core DMP template has been provided by Science Europe.
  • From this H2020 online manual you can read DMP guidelines and at the bottom of the page you can download the H2020 DMP templates in different formats.
  • Consider adopting the DMP Common Standard model from the Research Data Alliance if you want to produce a machine-actionable DMP template.

What tool should you use to write your DMP?

Description

DMPs can be written offline by using the downloaded template in a text document format. However, a number of web-based DMP tools are currently available that greatly facilitate the process, as they usually contain several DMP templates and provide guidance in interpreting and answering the questions.

Considerations

  • Check what DMP tool is recommended or provided by your funding agency.
  • Check what DMP tool is recommended or provided by your institute.
  • Make sure that the tool you choose includes the DMP template that you need.
  • If you want to produce a machine-actionable DMP, you need to make sure the tool you choose allows exporting the DMP in a machine-actionable format (e.g. JSON) rather than only as a PDF document.

Solutions

  • Use the tool suggested by your funding agency or institution.
  • Choose one of the following online DMP tools:
    • DMPonline: it is widely used in Europe and many universities or institutes provide a DMPonline instance to researchers.
    • DMP Canvas Generator: it needs an Orcid account for login.
    • DMPTool: it is widely used and many universities or institutes provide a DMPtool instance to researchers.
    • Data Stewardship Wizard (DSW): it is a tool to generate machine-actionable questionnaires based on existing or new templates (knowledge models).
    • EasyDMP: tool provided by the pan-European network EUDAT.
  • Additional tools for creating a DMP are listed in the table below.

What should you write in a DMP?

Description

A DMP should address a broad range of data management aspects, regardless of template. It is important to be aware of the current best practices in DMPs before starting one.

Considerations

Common topics of a DMP are:

  • General information about the project.
  • Description of the datasets that will be used and generated.
  • Description of metadata, ontologies and data documentation.
  • Storage solutions, data security and preservation strategy that will be adopted during and after the project.
  • How, when and where data will be shared and published.
  • Costs and resources needed for data management.
  • Ethical and legal issues, such as privacy, intellectual property and licences.

Solutions

  • This website includes best practices and guidelines about the different aspects of research data management that should be covered in a DMP.
  • Core requirements for DMP have been described by Science Europe.
  • Consider the DMP Common Standard from the Research Data Alliance as a reference data model for organising the different topics.

Relevant tools and resources

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Tool or resource Description Tags Registry
Argos Plan and follow your data. Bring your Data Management Plans closer to where data are generated, analysed and stored. DMP researcher data manager
DMP Canvas Generator Questionnaire, which generates a pre-filled a DMP DMP researcher data manager
DMP OPIDoR Online questionnaire for the development of data management plans - repository of DMPs DMP researcher data manager
DMPlanner Semi-automatically generated, searchable catalogue of resources that are relevant to data management plans. DMP researcher data manager
DMPonline A free tool to write, share and export a data management plan. Built-in data management plan templates for many major funders. DMP researcher data manager
DMPonline Belgium A free tool to write, share and export a data management plan. Instance aimed at Belgian researchers with built-in data management plan templates for the major funders. DMP researcher data manager
DMPTool Build your Data Management Plan DMP researcher data manager
DMPTuuli Data management planning tool (Finland) DMP researcher data manager csc
DS-Wizard Data Stewardship Wizard DMP researcher data manager IT support nels
EasyDMP DMP creation, versioning and sharing DMP researcher data manager
maDMP - Research Bridge Machine-Actionable Data Management Plan | Webinar (2016) on making a good data management plan. DMP IT support
OTP One Touch Pipeline (OTP) is a data management platform for running bioinformatics pipelines in a high-throughput setting, and for organising the resulting data and metadata. human data metadata DMP data analysis
Research Management Plan Machine actionable DMPs. DMP researcher data manager