Making a data management plan and organizing your data from the beginning of your project will save you enormous time, money and energy. Many funding agencies are requiring submission of data management plans with grant applications and annual reports.
A Data Management Plan (DMP) details how data will be identifiable, accessible and documented for deposit, sharing and reuse. Organizing your data is not simply naming files and folders so that only you and/or your research team understand their content. Organizing your data means putting standards and guidelines into action that will satisfy funder requirements, allow for future data sharing, document detailed metadata for better data discovery and illumination, and develop codebooks/data dictionaries to ensure the value and accessibility of your research long after your project is complete.
How do you write a DMP?
A Data Management Plan consists of many elements describing the preservation, sharing, and access for your data. For a breakdown of the primary elements to include in your data management plan, see: