Data management plan

A data management plan (DMP) helps you manage your data, in terms of organisation, storage and preservation.

Taking the time to write a good DMP gives you an opportunity to think through many of the issues covered in this guide, and usually saves time and effort later on in the process.

Increasingly funders require a DMP as part of the application for research funding. For instance a DMP is required for applications to Horizon 2020, and the Swedish Research Council requires a DMP for those projects who reward a grant as from 2019. The DMP shall describe how data will be managed, during the course of the research as well as afterwards.

A DMP is truly useful when it is a living document that is updated throughout the project. 

LU’s system for data management plans

On 24th February 2020 LU’s new system for data management plans, DMP Roadmap, was launched. The system aims to support researchers who receive or have already received project funding from, primarily, the Swedish Research Council (VR). VR places demands on the universities to take responsibility for establishing a data management plan for projects that have received funding from 2019 and onwards. 

At this point, there are no specific templates for other funders, but if the funder does not set specific requirements for templates, it is possible to use LU's own template for data management plans that are also in the system.

Login to DMP Roadmap by using your LUCAT ID, you find the system here:

The data management plans are stored on a server within LU and should not be made public. However, they must be preserved and can be archived directly in the system.

Support to researchers on data management plans are given by the LUSEM library research support Contact:

More information about the system can be found on LU Staff pages

A DMP should include answers to questions such as:

  • What kind of data will you collect or create?
  • How will the data be collected or created?
  • Which documentation and what metadata will accompany the data?
  • Are there ethical issues that need consideration?
  • How will you manage copyright and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues?
  • How will data be handled to insure it is stored and transferred securely?
  • How will the data be backed up during the project?
  • Which data should be retained, shared, and/or preserved?
  • What is the long term preservation plan?
  • How will you share the data? Are there any restrictions on data sharing?
  • Who will be responsible for data management?
  • Can the resources required be specified and what costs are involved? For instance, personal resources, software and hardware. 

Further resources:

DMP Roadmap

Tools and templates from UK Data Service 

Example DMPs and guidance from DCC 

SUHF Rekommendation för datahanteringsplan (PDF) (in Swedish)

Swedish Research Council, central parts of a DMP

Checklist for a Data Management Plan (SND) (PDF)

Checklist for a Data Management Plan (DCC) (PDF)

DCC DMPonline


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Last published: 2020-09-17