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Data Management Plan (DMP) Guide

Learn how to write a data management plan!

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Welcome to the University Library Guide to 

Data Management Planning

This guide is an introduction to data management plans (DMPs) and data management planning.

FAQs and Definitions introduces and defines vocabulary and concepts found in many data management plan requirements.

Write a DMP introduces the elements needed for good data management and to include in a data management plan. In addition, there are also links to ISU resources, writing prompts, and examples.

Data Sharing & Archiving provides details on different ways to share and preserve research data including data papers and data repositories.

Requirements by Agency is a shortcut to different funder requirements. Short summaries and key points are highlighted for select funders.

News, Tips, and Updates is where news stories, videos, campus resources, and more related to data management are shared.

The Iowa State University Library also provides access to the DMPTool which can help you write a data management plan. DMPTool offers templates for most agencies as well as some sample DMPs (the quality of the samples varies). It is recommended that you use this guide in tandem with DMPTool.

What's New


  • NSF-EHR has new requirements starting Jan 2018.


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