A Data Management Plan (DMP; you may also see the acronym RDM or Research Data Management) is a short written document that outlines how data will be collected, documented, organized, shared and preserved during a research project and after it is completed.
It answers the following questions:
The simplest answer for why you need a Data Management Plan is because so many funding agencies, including AUS, require them to be included in your proposals. Other than that, having a Data Management Plan in place and implementing it:
helps researchers optimize their use of data
makes collaborating with other researchers easier
ensures data is preserved for future researchers after the project has finished.
help researchers make longitudinal comparisons
allows researchers to verify, and more easily replicate, results
decreases scholarly fraud
reduces redundant research and encourages replication instead of duplication.
The library can help you with your Data Management Plan in a few ways:
First of all, obviously, we have assembled this LibGuide as step one to assist you!
Second, contact your liaison librarian for one-on-one support and assistance in writing your Data Management Plan.
Third, the library can help you archive and make accessible your data as part of the implementation of your Data Management Plan. Whether you would like to house physical records in our Archives, where the AUS community can access them, or we may be able to house your data in our Institutional Repository, DSpace, depending on the format.
Any materials generated or collected during the course of conducting research. This could be different depending on various disciplines and contexts.