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Research Data Management (RDM) - Nipissing University

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This Research Data Management (RDM) - Nipissing University guide created by Rebecca Kasperavicius and Nipissing University's Office of Graduate Studies & Research is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

What is a Data Management Plan (DMP)?

According to the Tri-Agency, a DMP is a living document associated with an individual research project or program that consists of the practices, processes, and strategies that pertain to a set of specified topics related to data management and curation. DMPs can and should be modified throughout the course of a research project to reflect changes in project design, methods, or other considerations.

Data Management Plan Graphic

The plan should cover the full lifecycle of the data, as described in the image on the right. It must include:

  • how data will be collected, documented, formatted, protected and preserved
  • how existing datasets will be used and what new data will be created over the course of the research project
  • whether and how data will be shared
  • where data will be deposited
  • who is responsible for managing the data, including a succession plan; data-related roles of other team members
  • ethical, legal and commercial constraints the data are subject to and methodological considerations that support or preclude data sharing
  • for Indigenous research, recognition of Indigenous data sovereignty and options for DMP renegotiation.