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Research Data Management: Data Management Plans

Bringing together University resources and services to facilitate researchers in the production of high quality data.

At a Glance

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a document outlining how data will be managed within the research project and beyond. It can include information on:

  • Data description and collection or re-use of existing data
  • Documentation and data quality
  • Storage and backup during the research process
  • Legal and ethical requirements, codes of conduct
  • Data sharing and long-term preservation
  • Data management responsibilities and resources

Help@UCD: DMP Reviews

UCD Library’s Data Manager is available to provide a one-to-one review of your Data Management Plan, as well as tailored discipline-specific or funder-specific workshops to post graduates, academics and research managers & administrators.

Data Management Plans

A data management plan (DMP) is "a formal statement describing how research data will be managed and documented throughout a research project and the terms regarding the subsequent deposit of the data with a data repository for long-term management and preservation."

Some funders specify a particular template for their data management plans, however if one is not provided UCD Library has developed a Data Management Checklist to help researchers get started. The subsequent sections of this LibGuide are designed to help researchers complete relevant sections of a DMP.

Data Management Plans are designed to be working documents and should be updated as the project proceeds or if there are any significant changes to the initial project plan.


DMPonline is is a web-based tool to help researchers write data management plans (DMPs), designed and developed by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) in the UK. It provides tailored guidance and examples to help researchers write data management plans. The tool includes a number of templates for funders, mainly from the UK but also other countries, so researchers can write DMPs according to the specific requirements they need to meet.

Anyone can use DMPonline - you don’t have to be based at a university or in the UK. It provides relevant questions together with guidance and example answers to help you respond. You can share your plan with collaborators to co-write it and export it in a number of different formats.

You can use your UCD credentials to sign into DMPOnline, simply click the button which says 'Sign in with your institutional credentials', type 'University College Dublin' in the search box and you will be rediected to the UCD Connect sign on page.

Sample DMPs