Creating a Data Management Plan (DMP)

Today's Hours: 8am - 10pm - All service hours

What is a DMP?

A data management plan (DMP) is a formal document that summarizes how data generated over the course of a research project will be stored, shared, and maintained.

Why do I need a DMP?

Most funders require or strongly encourage researchers to complete a DMP, to allow for reproducibility and reuse by others. It is good practice to make a DMP whether your research is funded or not.

A DMP is a living document and can be continually edited and updated to accommodate changes throughout the course of your research project. Keep in mind as your research plans change, you should review your DMP to make sure that it still meets the needs of the research project.

Key components of DMPs

A DMP should typically include sections on:

  • Administration (the roles and responsibilities within the research team for managing the data)

  • Data types

  • Metadata & Documentation

  • Storage & Security

  • Sharing & Reuse

  • Retention & Preservation  

DMP assistant

The DMP Assistant is a free, online, and bilingual tool to help Canadian researchers prepare DMPs. The tool guides researchers through a series of key data management questions, supported by best-practices and examples. 


Get assistance


The library is committed to ensuring that members of our user community with disabilities have equal access to our services and resources and that their dignity and independence is always respected. If you encounter a barrier and/or need an alternate format, please fill out our Library Print and Multimedia Alternate-Format Request Form. Contact us if you’d like to provide feedback: