Data management planning

Guidance and resources related to creating a data management plan (DMP).


A data management plan (DMP) describes the data you will collect during your research and how it will be managed, both during and after the project.

Creating a DMP at the start of your research will help you organise your data, keeping it safe and ensuring access to those who need it. It can also highlight data management issues that may arise over the course of the project.

To write your DMP it is recommended that you use DMPonline Sheffield, a tool containing funder and University templates, along with detailed guidance to help you.

DMPs are required by most research funders and recommended as part of the University’s Research Data Management Policy.

All postgraduate research students starting in the academic year 2019/2020 onwards are required to submit a DMP as part of their confirmation review and maintain this plan over the course of their research.

It is also recommended that DMPs are included in any ethics applications to help reviewers understand what steps are being taken to protect sensitive research data, for more information about this please see the UREC guidance.

Templates, examples and further resources

The Library has created a practical guide to using DMPonline and specific guidance to support supervisors, as well as a short video introduction to DMPonline.

There are also annotated funder templates and rubrics to support writing DMPs for funding applications in our data management planning resources collection.

The Digital Curation Centre also provides a detailed guide to creating DMPs and examples of completed plans.

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