The first step of data management is an easy one: make a data inventory. Your data inventory should cover:
Creating a complete inventory is an important step even though you may only be able to provide a summary in a federal DMP due to length.
What type of data is it?
How will the data be collected?
How will the data be saved and opened? (i.e. file types and file formats)
For more information and examples see:
Example data identification summary:
This project will create spreadsheets of word frequencies found in jazz songs from the 1930's. For each song a plain text document containing a transcript of the lyrics will be generated and stored as a .txt file. Word counts for each song analyzed will be recorded in spreadsheets, one for each song. Another spreadsheet will contain the details about each of the songs that were analyzed (such as year written, singer, producer, etc.). A final spreadsheet will combine the word counts from all of the songs analyzed. The spreadsheets will be saved as both Microsoft Excel and .csv files.