Introduction to Data Management Plans

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Video presentation and slides introducing the concept of Data Management Plans given by Dr. Andrew Stephonson  at the Research Resource Forum at Northwestern University in 2016.  Dr. Stephenson is Distinguished Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State.  As an active researcher, he has generated and collected data for many years and served on many a panel reviewing grant proposals. From his perspective, data management plans make good sense. In the following video, he describes the elements of a DMP and why they are important.  The video presentation is available at: 
This presentation is part of a Data Management Plan Tutorial prepared by the Penn State University Libraries and contains the following modules:

  • Introduction to Data Management Plans
    • Why Do You Need a Data Management Plan?
    • Components of a Typical Plan
    • Tools and Other Resources for Data Management Planning
    • Summary
  • Part 1: Data and Data Collection
  • Part 2: Documenting the Data
  • Part 3: Policies for Data Sharing and Access
  • Part 4: Reuse and Redistribution of Data
  • Part 5: Long-Term Preservation and Archiving of Data
  • Next Steps to Take

The entire Data Management Plan tutorial can be found at:

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Patricia Hswe
Linda Musser
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Penn State University Libraries
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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported - CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
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Data management
Data management planning
Data management planning tools
Published / Broadcast: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Penn State University College of Earth and Mineral Science Open Education Resources
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Contributor Name: 
Dr. Andrew Stephenson
Contributor Organization(s): 
Penn State University College of Earth and Mineral Science Open Education Resources
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Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management or data skills.
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Lesson - detailed description of an element of instruction in a course, [could be] contained in a unit of one or more lessons, and used by a teacher to guide class instruction. Example: presentation slides on a topic.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Research scientist
Mid-career research scientist
Early-career research scientist
Research faculty
Graduate student
Data manager
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)