Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal document to describe how you will collect, manage, describe, preserve and share your research data during and after the research project.
More and more funding agencies are requiring researchers to prepare a DMP at the proposal stage. This helps to ensure the valuable data collected in the funded projects can be reused by other research groups - maximizes the return on investment for the funded projects.
As articles with openly accessible data usually attract more citations, many journal publishers also require researchers to share or deposit the supporting data of their articles in an open repository in order to enhance the visibility and impact of the papers they published.
Even though a written DMP is not compulsory, it can be a valuable tool to help you in the following ways:
► Useful reference for yourself
► Continuity of research work for the whole team
► Facilitate data sharing with others
Here are some good practices in preparing a DMP: