Planning for your data management needs will save you time and resources in the long run, and ensure that your data will be compliant with standards in your field and usable in the future.
Creating a data management plan (DMP) can be valuable to you and may be required by your funding agency. Your DMP is a dynamic document - you will want to review your plan regularly to make sure it still addresses your needs, and update your plan if there are changes in your research project.
What should be included in a data management plan? Generally, a DMP may contain the following:
Always check with your funding agencies for specific requirements for plan content.
There are several web-based tools to help build and edit customizable plans according to the requirements of select funders (including the NSF).
DMPTool is a service provided by the University of California Curation Center (UC3)
DMP Online is a service provided by the UK's Digital Curation Centre (DCC)