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Data Introduction: Data Management Plan

Getting started to manage, find, share, understand ethics, create, and cite data.

Research Data Lifecycle



Use the links below to help you plan for every stage of the data lifecycle.


Unlike many universities, NU does not have a data management policy that requires researchers to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) but it is still good practice to manage your data throughout it's lifecycle.

  • Save time
  • Simplify workflow
  • Save and share data
  • Meet journal and grant requirements

Research data includes data you created (primary) and data you used from others (secondary).

  • Observational
  • Experimental
  • Simulation
  • Derived

Manage the many different file formats

  • Documents and spreadsheets
  • Lab and interview notes
  • Film/audio/image/models



Free tool with step by step instructions with helpful text, resources, and suggested answers as well as templates for most US funding agencies.

Create your own plan

Data Management Plans typically include the following sections

  • Funding requirements
  • Legal requirements
  • Data access and sharing
  • Metadata
  • Security and storage
  • Preservation

Sample DMPs

Other Resources

The following universities require data management as a part of research practice so have extensive information on storage, archiving, and sharing data.

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