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Data management plan

A data management plan can help to manage your data during and after the end of the research project.

What is a data management plan?

A data management plan outlines how you will manage your data during and after the duration of your research project. Specifically, it should include information on:

  • type and volume of data you are planning to collect
  • documenting and organising the collected data
  • ethical and legal compliance
  • selection, long-term storage, preservation and security of data (i.e. backing up data in a secure location)
  • methods to ensure that action has be taken to avoid data loss
  • plans for sharing the data and any restrictions if applicable
  • resources required to deliver your plan

Why do I need a research data management plan?

  • It saves time long-term as it helps you plan ahead for your research step-by-step.
  • It helps ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act (1998)
  • It follows City's Framework for Good Practice and it helps you manage risk (e.g. data loss).
  • It is a requirement for most UK funders when applying for funding.

How do I create a data management plan?

DPMonline is a web-based planning tool provided by the Data Curation Centre (DCC) that can help researchers to create a personalised data management plan depending on their research need.

Please follow the steps below to gain access:

  1. Use this link:
  2. Click – ‘Create an Account’
  3. Enter your e-mail address
  4. Select – City, University of London as your organisation
  5. Enter a password
  6. Accept Terms and Conditions
  7. Create account

An example of a Research Data Management Plan can be found on the ESRC website. You may also find useful DCC’s Checklist for a Data Management Plan.

If you require more information on the Data Management Plans please visit the Digital Curation Centre.

*Note: when costing a project, it is important to consider any cost associated with storing, handling and archiving your data. Please contact your School Research Support Service Manager for further advice.

Research Data Netherlands offer their own view on the what, why and how of data management planning: