We’re excited to announce a new set of resources on our website! We’ve created guidance for writing an effective data management plan (DMP) and how to use DMPTool to write a DMP.

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Our new set of pages on “How to Create a DMP” goes over each section of a DMP that grant funders expect applicants to include in a DMP:  identifying data; organizing data; documenting data, storing, securing, and backing up data; preserving data; and sharing data. Creating a data management plan when applying for grant funding is becoming increasingly required across disciplines, and the recommendations that we include in the guidance reflect general expectations. You should always check the requirements from your funder before you apply for a grant and create a data management plan.

DMPTool is a free online tool that researchers can use to create funder-compliant data management plans. Because UW-Madison is a participating institution, UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff can sign into DMPTool using their NetIDs, and then request feedback on a draft of their DMPs from an RDS consultant. DMPTool provides DMP templates and writing prompts for most major funders, making it much easier for researchers to draft comprehensive DMPs. It is important to note that DMPTool does not submit DMPs to funding agencies.