Data management plans – DMPonline

Many research funding bodies require submission of a data management plan (DMP) (or similar document) with a funding bid. They are also a valuable document for any project as they set the scent for the collection and management of research data throughout the full life cycle of the project.

The Digital Curation Centre’s DMPonline is an online tool researchers can use to create and maintain a DMP. The University has developed guidance embedded in DMPonline to aid researchers in drafting a DMP. You will also find the instruction offered by the Digital Curation Centre very useful when completing a DMP.

You can Sign up with your university email address and a password of your choice. IT Services have advice on creating a secure password ( When your DMPonline accout has been created you can link this to your university credentials. DCC have produced a DMPonline screencast to show how the tool works, this is also featured on DMPonline’s homepage.

A previous post highlights some useful resources to assist in the creation of a data management plan (Research data management planning).

The University Library’s Research Support web pages provide advice on research data management.

Resource for projects creating survey data

The UK Data Service has produced a very useful guide to ‘Depositing shareable survey data’ ( The guide covers all aspects of thinking and planning for data collection, consent, preparing data for deposit, and depositing with the UK Data Service. Although the latter section in the guide highlights the requirements when depositing with the UK Data Service, the concepts and some of the activities are transferable.

Research data management – Staff Workshop

The University Library is running a series of workshops for staff this July with the aim of helping you get the best results for your research. One of their sessions covers Research Data Management, details are provide below.

Tuesday 15th July, 2-4pm
Whilst efficient data management has always been part of good research practice, research data management is growing in importance in higher education. An increasing number of funding bodies require a data management plan to be submitted in a funding bid and the data produced to be shared, where possible. This session examines the importance of managing your data effectively and how to express this in a data management plan. It will also consider the issues of sharing and archiving data and how you can do this to meet funder requirements, as well as your own research needs.