What is a data management plan?
A data management plan, or DMP (sometimes also called a data sharing plan), is a formal document that outlines what you will do with your data during and after a research project. Most researchers collect data with some form of plan in mind, but it's often inadequately documented and incomplete. Many data management issues can be handled easily or avoided entirely by planning ahead. With the right process and framework it doesn't take too long and can pay off enormously in the long run.
Many funding agencies, especially government funding sources, require a DMP as part of their application processes. Even if you are not seeking funding for your research, documenting a plan for your data is a best practice and will help your data comply with Harvard's policies for responsible data management. If your DMP provides for your data to be openly shared, the data necessary for external replication of your research findings will be available to the research community for the long term.
What is DMPTool?
DMPTool is an online tool available to help you create and share your data management plans to meet funder requirements and as a best practice for managing your data. DMPTool provides step-by-step guidance for creating your own DMP and includes templates and sample plans to help you address requirements specific to Harvard and your funding sources.
Using DMPTool at Harvard
Harvard is a DMPTool partner institution. Log in using your Harvard credentials.
- Go to DMPTool. Click Get Started.
- Select Harvard University from the menu of DMPTool partner institutions, then click Next.
- Enter your Harvard credentials when prompted.
Benefits of Using DMPTool
More info at blog.dmptool.org