Although DMP requirements vary by funding agency, your plan will typically need to address the following topics:
- What type of data is it - numeric, text, images? What format is it in?
- How much data will there be?
- How will the data be collected or generated, and for how long? What tools and methodologies will be used?
- Will you be using secondary data? What is the source of the data?
- Who is responsible for managing the data and implementing the data management plan?
Data and Metadata Standards:
- What data and metadata standards will be used? If there are no existing standards, how will this be addressed?
- What file formats and naming conventions will be used? How will the data be organized?
- How will the metadata be managed and stored?
Data Access, Sharing, and Re-Use:
- Does the project involve human subject data? If so, what are your plans to protect and anonymize the data?
- Are there any intellectual property considerations that need to be addressed?
- Are there any patent or licensing restrictions to be considered?
- How should the data be attributed?
Archiving and Preservation:
- Where will the data be archived, and for how long?
- Is there a discipline-specific repository available?
- What software or tools should be archived with the data to facilitate re-use?