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Research Data Management

Data management plan DMP

A proper data management plan (DMP) will help you manage your data during the project life cycle and meet the requirements of your funder. It also helps you and others reuse the data.

A  data management plan should specify

  • What kinds of data are collected or reused?
  • How will ethical and legal issues be managed?
  • How will the data be documented and its consistency and quality be controlled and documented?
  • How will the data be stored and backed up and how will you control access to keep the data secure?
  • How, when, where, and to whom the data will be made available?
  • What are the estimated costs in time and effort to prepare the data for preservation and sharing?

Watch an introduction to data management planning produced by CSC. (CC BY-ND 4.0)


The University of Lapland recommends using DMPTuuli. It is an online tool that makes it easier to write and update a data management plan. You can select the guidance you wish to follow in DMPTuuli.

You must create an account before you can sign in with HAKA. It is possible to work with the plan together with your project group. You can also request feedback from the data management staff at the University of Lapland.

Please familiarize yourself with the Research Data Management guide before you start writing the plan or request feedback. You can find instructions fon how to use DMPTuuli on the DMPTuuli website.

There are also other DMP tools you can use. They can be a better choice when applying funding from international funders.