Data management plans (DMPs) serve as the first step in the RDM lifecycle. They aid in recording metadata at various levels during the data description process and are intended to be adapted as a project evolves. During consultations and training focused on the concept of a data management plan, it becomes clear that the views of research funders and researchers differ widely on the use of DMPs. Research funders want to know what happens to the data during and after the project. Researchers, on the other hand, want support in their daily work with data and tend to see the DMP as an additional bureaucratic burden. Additionally, creating DMPs is further complicated because individual disciplines may have very different requirements and challenges for data collection and data management.
The full case statement of the WG is attached to this page.