In-Depth Guidelines for Data Management Planning

Writing a Data Management Plan

Purdue University Libraries has created a step-by-step guide that will walk you through the five areas that must be addressed in data management plans required by the NSF and many other funders. The guide is available in two formats for your convenience – as a pdf and as a template on

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DMPTool is an online tool that will walk you through the drafting process and allow you to export your finished draft to Word or pdf. DMPTool also offers a library of sample data management plans you can work from.

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Sample Data Management Plans

Below are links to a variety of sample data management plans. Keep in mind that these plans were developed to serve the particular needs of the project's investigators, funding agencies, designated user communities, and other stakeholders. The needs and requirements for your data will likely be different, and care should be taken to develop a data management plan that addresses your project directly. Also note that these examples are fully developed and active data management plans and not the 2-page summary required by the NSF and other funding agencies.

  • JCOMM Data Management Plans
    The Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) handles a variety of data within the broad domains of oceanography and marine meteorology. Their plan includes sections on data and information exchange, data processing, access, metadata, and coordination and linkages between internal and external agencies.
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