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Data Management Plan (DMP) Guide

Learn how to write a data management plan!
Data Management SNAFU

Data Management SNAFU

5 minutes will show you just how bad it can get. This short video is a great introduction to why data management is needed.

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.

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.

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What's New


  • New NIH Data Management and Sharing Plans are in effect as of Jan 25, 2023. NIH page has been updated.

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