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Data Management @ NAU

Writing a Data Management Plan (DMP)

A data management plan (DMP) will help you manage your data, meet funder requirements, and help others use your data if shared.

The DMPTool is a web-based tool that helps you construct data management plans using templates that address specific funder requirements. In general, a DMP will answer the following questions:

  • How the data will be collected
  • The type or format of data created
  • The expected size of data
  • What standards will be used to structure and document the data
  • Where the data will be stored, backed up and, if necessary, secured
  • How the data will be analyzed
  • Where the data will be shared or published and what conditions of re-use will apply. If your data have potential commercial applications, contact NAU Innovations to discuss Intellectual Property Rights issues.

For a detailed set of questions to consider when creating a DMP, see the Digital Curation Centre's "Checklist for a Data Management Plan Version 4.0".


Funder requirements

Online tools to help write and format your DMP

Want advice about writing your DMP?

Cline librarians can help you:

  • choose the best data sharing method or data repository,
  • identify discipline-specific metadata (standards for describing data).

Contact us to get started.