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A data management plan is a formal document that outlines how your data will be looked after during the lifetime of your research project and beyond.  

The content of a data management plan will vary but you will typically be asked to provide information about: 

  • the volume and type(s) of data you will generate 
  • how you will ensure that your data is well organised and adequately documented 
  • how you will make sure that your data is ethically and legally compliant 
  • where your data will be stored and backed up during the lifetime of the project 
  • how you will preserve your data and make it available for others to reuse (where appropriate) in the long term 
  • who will be responsible for looking after your data during and after the project and what resources will be needed