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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:

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

Important aspects that should be included in a plan:

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