Creating a data management plan
To create a plan, click the 'Create plan' tab in the black menu bar. Confirm your selection by clicking 'Yes, create plan.'
Give your plan a name in the Plan Overview, and then click 'Edit plan' to start writing your plan.
Once you've created a plan using the QUT DMP tool, you can view its details in the 'My plans' area.
From here, you can edit, share, export or delete any of your plans. You will also see plans that have been shared with you by others.
Select options from the drop-down menus and tick boxes to determine what questions and guidance you should be presented with.
Sharing a plan
The 'Share' tab allows you to invite others to read or contribute to your plan.
Insert the email address of any collaborators you would like to invite to read or edit your plan. Set the level of permissions you would like to grant them via the drop-down options and click on 'Add collaborator.'
Writing your plan
The tabbed interface allows you to navigate through different functions when editing your plan.
'Plan overview' includes basic administrative details, tells you what sets of questions and guidance your plan is based on and gives you an overview of the questions that you will be asked.
When viewing the questions in the 'Edit plan' tab, you will see the different sections of your plan displayed. Click on these in turn to answer the questions. You can format your responses using the text editing buttons.
Guidance is displayed in the right-hand panel. Click the '+' symbol to view this.
Remember to 'save' your responses before leaving a section.
Copying a plan
If you find that you regularly use the same information in all your plans, you can copy the plan and edit the fields to be relevant to your project.
The 'Copy' action is available from the 'My plans' tab, next to only those plans which you own and therefore have the right to copy.
QUT Library Managing Research Data
View the QUT DMP User Guide (505 KB).
Other useful resources
A summary of requirements from the NSF, NIH and other key funders in the USA.
A guide by the Digital Curation Centre that outlines typical funder requirements for DMPs and the types of considerations to make when responding.
A guide by the UK Data Service covering a range of topics including data formats, documentation, ethics, copyright and data sharing.
A guide by the Digital Curation Centre giving practical guidelines on how to cite data and the different tools and infrastructure that can be used to support data citation.
A guide by the Digital Curation Centre that outlines different types of licenses, the pros and cons of each and how they can be applied.
A guide by ANDS and the DCC on how to select which data to keep for long-term preservation, sharing and reuse. The guide puts forward several criteria to aid selection decisions.
An online training course designed for researchers or others planning to manage digital data as part of the research process. The course includes a number of software practicals on using SPSS, R, ArcGIS and NVivo.
Exporting a DMP
The 'Export' tab allows you to save a copy of your plan in various formats. This may be useful if you need to submit your plan as part of a grant application.
When you edit your DMP you will need to indicate the new version of your plan. When you export the DMP this version will be used in the document header/footer. You should keep the various versions of the plan and review and modify the current version over time.
Sample data management plans
Example plans from researchers at the University of Leeds, shared as part of the Leeds RoaDMaP training materials
Example DMP produced by the DATUM for Health RDM training project
A very detailed, fictional psychology DMP produced by the DMTpsych RDM training project, based on a seminal psychology experiment
Over 20 example plans submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States by academics at UC San Diego
5 DMPs submitted to the NSF, shared by the DataOne initiative
Three example DMPs from the USA shared by NECDMC, an instructional tool for teaching RDM to undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in the health sciences, sciences and engineering.