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Research Data Management (RDM): Data management plans

What is a data management plan (DMP)?

It is a document that describes how you will manage your data during the course of an investigation and after completing the project. 

A data management plan includes detailed information about intellectual property, storage, access, preservation, organization, and reuse of the data generated in your research project.

5 basic things to consider before creating your DMP

  1. What type of data will be produced in the investigation? 
  2. What norms will be used to describe the data? 
  3. If the data is going to be reused, how will it be shared and accessed ?
  4. What measures will be taken to protect privacy, security, confidentiality, intellectual property and other rights? 
  5. How will data be archived and preserved?  

To learn more about what to include in your DMP, click on the image below. 

Steps to prepare your plan on DMPTool

You can write your data management plan directly on the DMPTool platform. Even though you can also use a word processor to write your plan, the DMPTool platform offers a series of benefits. For example, DMPTool has templates and reference documentation that can help guide you as you prepare your plan. Also, the platform allows you to collaborate with others as you draft the plan.

To learn more about the benefits of using DMPTool, view the brief video included in the right-hand column of this page. 

To start your data management plan from DMPTool, follow the steps below: 

  1. Visit
  2. If you already have a DMPTool account, sign in using your UPR email and your DMPTool password
  3. If you don't have a DMPTool account, sign up for one using your UPR email address. You'll be asked to provide your name and create a password. 
  4. After signing in, look for the blue "Create plan" button and click on it
  5. You may now begin creating your DMP!!!

For further guidance, see the video on the right-hand column of this page.

How to use the DMPTool platform



Data management plans (DMPs)  are required by the majority of federal agencies and private organizations that fund research projects. Each entity has its own policies for the content of DMPs. To help researchers find these policies and create DMPs that meet the requirements included in them, we recommend using DMPTool.

DMPTool facilitates peer collaboration when preparing a DMP. Moreover, it serves as a database for finding and retrieving the requirements established by different funding agencies for this kind of document. DMPTool also provides access to guides and reference documentation produced by innumerable entities about better data management practices and how to prepare a strong DMP.   

Brief tutorial video

For a brief explanation on how to navigate DMPTool and benefit from the multiple resources the platform provides, watch the following video.

Other tools for preparing DMPs

The following tools will help you start your DMP.