Training: Writing a Data Management Plan: A Guide for the Perplexed

Thursday, March 29, 2012
JJ Pickle Research Campus
ROC 1.468/1.474
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758

This class will be webcast.

New requirements from funding agencies, along with the increasing importance of digital data in the conduct of research, have lead to a new and unfamiliar component of proposal writing (and reviewing): the data management plan. This session, following on the Data Management Planning and Execution session offered earlier this year, focuses on the process of writing Data Management Plans, going beyond templates and formulas to present strategies for developing a plan for presentation to collaborators, reviewers, and institutions. We discuss the writing of a data management plan as a way to ease the achievement of research goals, and treat data as a critical component of optimal research outcomes. Topics covered will include the importance of disciplinary norms and community collections, data sharing, planning for provenance and other metadata, the relationship between data management and analysis and long-term preservation of your data.


Please submit any questions that you might have via the TACC Consulting System:



The DMPTool is now available to the UT research community! Developed by the University of California Curation Center and a group of major research universities, the DMPTool is designed to help researchers:

  • Create ready-to-use data managment plans for specific funding agencies
  • Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for data management plans
  • Learn about resources and services available at their home institution to fulfill the data management requirements of their grants

To access the DMPTool, visit and choose the “University of Texas at Austin” from the pull-down menu. From there you can login with your EID and password.