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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Research Data Management

Resources and tools for managing your research data. (For faculty and graduate students.)

What is a data management plan?

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that describes the data a research project will collect and the steps that project investigators will take to ensure that the data is secure, standardized, documented, and (optionally) shareable.

Some funding agencies require a DMP to be submitted with project proposals. 

Creating a DMP: the basics

Developing a DMP might be daunting the first time you do it. First, you should identify your funder's requirements, if any. (See list of funder requirements.)

Most DMPs ask for information like the following: 

  1. Summarize your project
  2. Who is responsible for the data?
  3. List the kind(s) of data your project will create and which format(s) you'll be using
  4. Identify the standards to which your data must adhere
    • disciplinary standards
    • metadata standards
    • naming conventions you will use
  5. Define your plans for
    • data storage and security
    • sharing the data and policies of reuse
    • how you will archive and preserve the data (likely a repository)


DMPtool »

Highly recommended step-by-step DMP guide from the California Digital Library. Create and store your DMP right on the site with guidance at every step. View funder requirements and examples of successful DMPs. Useful for all disciplines.

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Examples of DMPs

DMP templates

Other DMP resources