What is a Data Management Plan?

Plans vary in length and depth but generally cover the same broad areas. For example, NSF mandate that all bids must be submitted with a Data Management Plan and that it should be no more than two pages from the 15 in total. Whereas other funding bodies state that a plan should be submitted but do not specify length or content.

"Plans typically state what data will be created and how, and outline the plans for sharing and preservation, noting what is appropriate given the nature of the data and any restrictions that may need to be applied."