Data management plans, what are they and how libraries can help

Formal data management plans (DMPs) are becoming required for projects funded through UK and EU sources. Data sets are increasingly being expected to accompany published articles or be made available in order to encourage re-analysis and scholarly transparency. DMPs outline expectations of how datasets will be presented as final research outputs. Considerations for a DMP include format, privacy, licensing and re-use restrictions, archiving, persistent identification and compliance to funder’s and institutional policies. Support for researchers creating DMPs can come from collaboration between University librarians, research support offices and ICT departments to create services that fit research needs.

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