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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

5. When should Data Management Plans be drawn up?

When a DMP should be drawn up varies depending on the context of the project:

As part of a funded project:

  • First version: During the funding application process or within the first 6 months of the project, as required by the funder.
  • Updates: Whenever significant changes warrant or new data sets are added. In the middle or final stages of the project.
  • Evolving Nature: The DMP is not static; it evolves, gaining more precision and substance over the course of the project, as not all data or potential uses may be clear from the outset.

Within the research units:

  • First version: At the time of the funding proposal, in line with the institutional regulations for research data management.
  • Support for drawing up the DMP and its maintenance: The UID must support the researcher in drawing up and managing the DMP, providing conditions for the development of the DMPs of the projects associated with it.
  • Evolving Nature and Curation: The DMP is not static; it evolves, gaining more precision and substance over the course of projects, since not all data or potential uses are clear from the outset. The institution must take responsibility for managing the preservation and curation of the data even after the end of the project, as stipulated in each PDG.