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Research Data Management Toolkit: Start with a Plan

This guide provides information about research data management and the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) Research Data repository

Data Management Planning

Data management planning helps you identify issues and strategies early in your research project and can save you valuable time and resources later.

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that describes what data will be created, what policies apply to the data, who will own and have access to the data, what data management practices will be used, what facilities and equipment will be required and who will be responsible for each of these activities (Source: ANDS Guide: Data management plans, retrieved from

DMPs should be living documents that are added to and refined as you move through your project.

Systems are being developed to include more advanced and integrated data management planning tools. The next version of the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) Research Data system (ReDBox 2.0) will include integrated data management plans, archival data records and data publication - to support all stages of the data lifecycle. Watch this space.

Some Things to Consider

Adapted from the Curtin University and ANDS data management planning guides

Need a Break?

Take a look at the "My Data Management Plan - A Satire" by C. Titus Brown. Funny but true?

JCU Data Management Plan Templates

These templates are a good place to start. In some areas you may need a DMP specific to your discipline or to tailor your plan to meet funder requirements.

The Funders and FAIR Data page of the Toolkit provides more information about meeting (Australian) funder requirements.


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