Build Your Data Management Plan
UMass Amherst is a Partner Institution with the DMPTool -- a web-based guiding tool that walks you through writing a Data Management Plan. DMPTool is updated whenever a funder releases a Data Management Plan requirement.
Why manage your data?
Save time. Understanding your data needs and planning ahead will save you time and resources in the long run. By planning ahead you can make you data archive-ready, and with proper back-ups, you can help ensure that your valuable data doesn't get lost due to machine error, theft, or a natural disaster.
Increase your research impact. Publications and data that are openly shared are cited more often. Supporting data archiving architecture and allowing others to re-use it can demonstrate an impressive return on investment.
Simplify your research workflow. With everyone on the same page, you can focus more on working with your data than trying to find the right data. Furthermore, depositing data in an archive means you no longer need to keep an eye out for potential data requests and collaborations -- and that's one less email in your inbox!
Preserve your data. Many data sets are unique and can only be collected once. By preserving your data you are not only allowing others to use it into perpetuity, you are saving an irreplaceable snapshot into our world and universe.
Increase your research efficiency. With proper data management, you'll be able to quickly understand and locate the data you've collected. This also means any collaborators or future users of your data will be able to find and understand your data -- increasing the potential uses of your data set and your data citations!
Meet funder requirements. Many funders have established data planning and sharing requirements, and as the benefits of data management become more evident, other funders are following suit.
Meet journal requirements. Increasingly, journals are enacting policies that require researchers to share and make accessible the data underlying a publication.
Facilitate new discoveries. Your data will have unknown uses in the future, and by sharing your findings you can ensure that others will be able to build off of your work in new and exciting ways.
Support Open Access. Show your support for Open Access by sharing your data -- and all the products of your research, from software to code to your publications. Learn more about Open Data and the Open Access Movements.