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Research Data Service: Data Management Planning

We are a university wide resource which supports and promotes best practice in data management.

Research Data Management

Quality-assured research data are key building blocks of the research process. The need for improved research data management, including the FAIR Data Principles, has been widely recognised by researchers, research organisations and funding agencies.

While, research data management can encompass a wide variety of activities, these are usefully captured in the form of data management plans (DMP). This section of our website follows the core requirements as set out in the Science Europe Practical Guide to Research Data Managementunder the headings Data Collection, Documentation, Metadata and Data Quality, Storage & Backup During Research, Data Sharing & Long-term Preservation, Data Management Responsibilities & Resourcing and Legal and Ethical Requirements. 

Data Managment Plans

A data management plan or DMP is a formal document that outlines the management and stewardship of data both during a research project, and after the project is completed. It describes the organization, storage, preservation and potential sharing of research outputs and it is an integral part of good research practice. The core requirements of DMPs are: Data Collection; Documentation & Metadata; Storage & Backup During Research; Data sharing & Long-term Preservation; Responsibilities & Resourcing; Ethics & Legal Requirements.

                                      Diagram of a Data Management Plan

Research Support Services


Research Support Services in UCC are part of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. Research Support Services seeks to provide the University Community with research support through information, assistance, guidance and advice on all aspects of the planning, education, sustaining and application of research. Research Support Services should be the first people you contact if you are considering applying for research funding. 

Relevant UCC Policies & Processes

DMPs cut across a number of UCC processes. This diagram provides an overview of relevant UCC policies and processes which researchers may need to consider.

Funder Requirements

Increasingly funding agencies require DMPs. The diagram below provides a summary of these.