Data management plan (DMP) A data management plan (DMP) is a formal document you develop at the start of your research project which outlines all aspects of managing your data through its life cycle, both during and after your project. In your DMP you must describe how, and under which conditions, you will make data available to other researchers. In case you cannot make data available to others, you will have to specify why not. Potential benefits Data management is all about making your work more efficient, and increasing the value of your data to yourself and to others. Both during and after your research. Thinking about data management in advance will give you the following advantages: Comply with funder mandates Make research reproducible Comply with data protection law Increase research impact Foster and inspire future research Writing a data management plan The following templates may help you writing a data management plan.