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Introduction to the Data Management Plan

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal document that outlines how data are to be handled both during a research project and after the project is completed.

It is the essential reference to assure the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse (FAIR) of digital assets, establishing the format of data and metadata, how they are generated, stored, and accessed, among other issues. Currently, DMPs are mandatory for data-science and e-science funded grants and indispensable for the sustainability of any long-term project.

DMPs are living documents that will be amended, improved and detailed along the project timeline. Therefore, DMPs should have a clear version number and include a timetable for updates. The DMPs should have been defined according to the template of the DMP Online tool, but they could derive into structured documents, as long as maintaining their unity.