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Writing data management plans

Information to help you understand what a data management plan is, what your funder requires, what resources are available to help you with your plan, how to use the DMPTool to create a draft plan, and how to contact the DMP service for help with your pla

Funder requirements

Most funding agencies require a data management plan, and most of them have their own set of unique, though often similar, policies.

The first step in writing a data management plan is understanding what your funder requires. While the DMPTool (see next page in this guide) will offer you some guidance and a template, it's best to start by consulting the detailed information provided by your particular funding agency.


screenshot of SPARC website


SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has compiled an excellent resource with information about the data management and data sharing requirements from all the federal funding agencies


Screenshot of Lane Library Guide


If your funder is the NIH, the Lane Library's guide on Responding to the NIH data management and sharing policy includes specific guidance for that particular agency that you might find helpful.

More resources

Data best practices and case studies

How to use best practices for managing your research data, along with case studies and examples to help you use these techniques.

Screenshot of Data Best Practices and Case Studies guide



Create metadata for your research project

How to create metadata for your research projects.

Screenshot of guide on how to create metadata for your research project.


Data sharing

Learn the what, when, where, and how of data sharing.

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Stanford Digital Repository

One component of your DMP/DMSP is where you will share and preserve your data. The Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) can take care of both of these needs for you, and provide you with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for your work at the same time.

The SDR is available to all members of the Stanford community with an active SUNet ID and scholarly works that they want to share either with the Stanford community or anyone in the world. 


Stanford Digital Repository self-deposit home page


For cut-and-paste language about the SDR to include in your plan, see the DMPTool page of this guide.

Check out the guide on Data Sharing for more information on how to select a repository for sharing research data.