Data Wednesdays

Resources to accompany courses taught as part of the research data management series "Data Wednesdays," the fourth Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Biomedical Library.

Using the DMPTool

The DMPTool is an interactive tool for writing data management plans that meet the requirements of different funders, including NSF and NIH.

  1. Sign in using your UCLA Bruin Online Logon. If you don’t know your username or password, visit https://logon.ucla.edu/
  2. Select a funder from the drop-down menu to begin a new plan. You will also see a list of any plans you have saved, which you can edit or download.
  3. Follow the listed steps to create your plan. The boxes at the top of the page provide general guidance about what information to provide for each section, and in some cases, campus-specific guidance.
  4. Download or save your plan. You can download your plan in plain text, rich text format, PDF, or HTML.

Writing a Successful Data Management Plan

You’ve thought carefully about how you’ll conduct your research.  You’ve spent hours in the lab or the field gathering your data.  But have you thought about how to best manage that data to make analysis easier, ensure that you don’t lose the results of all your hard work, and preserve your data for the future?  A data management plan (DMP) addresses these questions and more to help you get the most out of your data.  Plus, many grant funders, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, require that grant proposals include DMPs.

Whether you’re writing a formal DMP to meet a funder requirement or you just want to think ahead about how to best manage your data, this workshop will walk you through the steps to writing a successful data management plan.  We’ll discuss how to use the DMPTool, a free, interactive website for writing DMPs, and cover resources to help you answer the questions you’ll need to think about in writing your DMP.