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Research Data Management planning

When you prepare your postgraduate thesis or dissertation, plan a new research project, or write a funding proposal, it is a good idea to consider how you will manage your research data, including aspects such as how you will:

  • Collect your data
  • Organise and name your data
  • Curate and store your data
  • Publish and share your data, if appropriate

Writing a Data Management Plan (DMP) is a way to articulate and plan for your research data process, and will help you address these issues and focus on areas that need further thought.

Submitting a DMP is a requirement of many funding agencies, and as of 2019 will be a requirement for UCT researchers and postgraduate students (specifically, Masters and PhD students who produce dissertations, mini-dissertations and theses). To determine whether your funder has a specific template they require you to use, you may want to view the DLS funder guidelines, or the DCC's overview of funder's data policies.

For further assistance with writing your DMP contact the eResearch Centre.

UCT DMPonline

UCT's DMPonline templates contain detailed information on formulating your own research data management plan. It provides funder and departmental guidance tailored to specific Data Management Planning (DMP) requirements and allows you to share your plan easily with collaborators, as well as export your document in a variety of formats.

It is important to establish whether your funder has its own DMP requirements and a compulsory customised DMP template. Some of these are available on DMPonline.

Using UCT DMPonline

You will need to create an account in order to use UCT DMPonline. This can be done by clicking on the SIGN UP button on the home page.

If you require further help with your own DMP, please contact your Subject Librarian, departmental data manager, or UCT eResearch.

List of plans currently available on UCT DMPonline

Funder Specific:

  • European Research Council (ERC) - Full DMP
  • European Union (Horizon 2020) - Full DMP
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) - Full DMP
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) - Outline and Full DMP
  • National Environmental Research Council (NERC) - Outline and Full DMP
  • National Science Foundation- Biological Sciences (NSF-Bio) - Full DMP
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Full DMP
  • Wellcome Trust - Full DMP

To add a funder-specific data management plan that is not currently available on UCT DMPonline, please contact DLS.

Institution/Department Specific:

Certain UCT departments and research units have customised DMP templates for their researchers and students. Currently, the following units have customised templates:

  • University of Cape Town (UCT) - Full DMP (available as default option)
  • Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) - Full DMP
  • Faculty of Commerce
    • School of Economics (Full DMP)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
    • UCT Clinical Research Centre (CRC) - Full DMP
    • Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit (GHJRU) - Full DMP
  • Faculty of Humanities
    • Library and Information Studies Centre (LISC) - Full DMP (for students)

These templates contain specific guidance for their units, drawn from existing departmental and faculty documentation and curatorial practices. If you would are interested in creating a DMP template for your department or unit, please contact DLS.

Sample Data Management Plans

To help guide you in developing your own DMP, various institutions have made example DMPs available on their websites. For example, the Digital Curation Centre has provided a list of sample DMPs, drawing primarily from UK-based funding agencies.

Currently, the majority of DMP examples originate in the UK and involve UK funding agencies. As time passes, more South African sample DMPs will be added for illustrative purposes.

Disciplinary area Sample Data Management Plans
Social Sciences, Humanities and Commerce Generic social sciences - Digital archaeology - English - Theology
Sciences and Engineering Biological Sciences - Entomology - Oceanography - Mechanical design project - Synthetic chemistry