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Research Data Management at UF: Data Management Planning

This is a guide on resources available at the University of Florida and beyond on research data management. It includes information about tools for data management planning, data and file sharing, metadata and data standards, and data storage.


For individual or group consultation/training on how to prepare your Data Management Plan, please contact me or your liaison librarian/subject specialist.

DMPTool icon 

The University of Florida is a partner institution of the DMPTool. It allows you to create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies.  Use your gatorlink and password to login and use this tool.

Sample DMPs

Templates can be a good place to start in writing your data management plan, as long as you customize them for your project.

Public Access Policies

In 2013, the White House through the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued an Executive Directive entitled “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” which requires the results of taxpayer-funded research – both articles and data – be made freely available to the general public with the goal of accelerating scientific discovery and fueling innovation.

Training on Data Management at UF

Trainings are free and open to UF all faculty, students and staff. Learn practical strategies for best managing your research data. This workshop includes questions to consider when creating a data management plan, with a focus on the DMPTool and tools for sharing your data at the University of Florida. Topics include metadata and annotation, file formats and organization, storage, backups and security, and data sharing. Contact me or your liaison librarian/subject specialist for small group or departmental presentations.

Data Management Plans

Data management plans (DMPs) ensure that you have defined how you will collect and label, protect, store, and share your data. 

Having a DMP in place at the beginning of your research process means you won't have to worry about it as much later! DMP's are good research practice, but you might also want to have one because your funder requires you to.

Basic components of a DMP:

  • Data collection:  Types of data; Data and metadata standards to be used
  • Data protection: Privacy, confidentiality, intellectual property rights
  • Data sharing and re-use
  • Data preservation (long-term)

Guides to writing a DMP:

The Data Life Cycle

A data management plan should describe what is going on with your data, who is responsible for it, and where it is located throughout its life cycle.

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