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Data Management Plan

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that describes how you will handle your data during the course of your research and at the end of your study or project.

Many research funding agencies require DMPs to be submitted with new grant applications. In Hong Kong, RGC does not yet have this requirement. Nevertheless, creating a DMP helps you think through various issues with regard to your research data; the document provides you with a framework to guide your data practice as the research goes along.

A Living Document

DMP is best drafted in the early stages of a research, but revisions and updates are expected throughout the course of research. At the end of a research project, a DMP becomes your reference for data sharing decisions and data preservation options.

Piloting DMP Template at SandBox

To help HKUST researchers get started with writing and using DMPs, the Library is piloting an online Sandbox. Our DMP template covers 6 major areas:

  1. Nature of Data
  2. Ethics and Rights
  3. Data Sharing
  4. File Management and Storage
  5. Deposit and Preservation
  6. Resources Planning


After you fill out the template, you can export your DMP as a text file. You may also keep the DMP in the Sandbox for  future revisions. At this pilot phase, the Sandbox stores one data plan per user.

The Sandbox lets HKUST researchers experiment and experience creating DMP. Do try it out and play around; testing plans may be deleted after the testing period. If you write a real DMP at the Sandbox, we will move it to the future platform; your work will not be lost.

We welcome your suggestions and questions; please contact the Research Support Services at

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last modified 05 May 2020