data management planning

What is data management planning?

Good data management planning and practices reduce the risks of data loss, save time and resources, allow data sharing and can increase your profile through data citation. A data management plan is a document that describes how you will collect, organise, manage, store, secure, back up, preserve and share your data.

A data management plan does the following:

  • provides a description of the data
  • describes access and sharing arrangements
  • records ethical clearances and compliance
  • describes storage and security arrangements
  • lists the standards used for metadata
  • details plans for archiving and destruction
  • records who will be responsible for the research data


The University of Sydney encourages all researchers (including higher degree students) to undertake data management planning at the start of each research project. Please use the Research Data Management Planning Checklist (interactive PDF, 760kb) to create your data management plan.

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