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A data management plan is a tool to ensure that the research data created during and after a project can be used in other contexts as well in a safe and ethical way.

Certain research funders require that a data management plan be included with the application. The plan can serve as a working document which is changed throughout the research process. Nonetheless, it is valuable already at the outset to document the intended methods, results, costs etc. – especially if the research is, or may be, conducted by more than one person or for a long period of time.

What does a data management plan contain?

The website of the Swedish National Data Services (SND) provides detailed descriptions and examples of data management plans:

Data management plan from the Swedish National Data Services (in Swedish)

On the website of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) you will also find plenty of information and guidance concerning data management plans:

Data management plans from the Digital Curation Centre

Important aspects that should be included in a plan: