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Data Management Plans

What is a Data Management Plan (DMP) and why do I need to have one?

A data management plan (DMP) is a written document that describes the data you expect to acquire or generate during the course of a research project.  It details how you will manage, describe, analyze, and store those data, and what mechanisms you will use at the end of your project to share and preserve your data.

A good data management plan can ensure the availability and accessibility of your research results after your project is complete and you have published the results, increasing the value of your research and possible reuse by other researchers. 

DMPs are mandatory for all grants pertaining to agencies such as NSF, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Institute for Health (NIH).

How can I create a Data Management Plan?

The FSU Libraries provides access to the DMPTool. The DMPTool provides detailed guidance and links to general and institutional resources and walks a researcher through the process of generating a comprehensive plan tailored to specific DMP requirements.

FSU is a partner institution meaning that you can use your Blackboard ID and password to access your account as well as have access to local resources and links provided by your FSU librarians.

For more information, for answers to DMP questions, and to access the DMPTool site, visit the FSU Libraries DMP page at: