Data Management Planning Tool

What is a Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool)

The DMPTool helps researchers create data management plans (DMPs). Many funding agencies, especially federal agencies, require Principal Investigators (PIs) to share their project’s research data and to provide a DMP at the time of application or prior to award. With this in mind, a group of research institutions led by the University of California Curation Center of the California Digital Library partnered back in 2011 to create the DMPTool to simplify the process of writing data management plans by clarifying the questions to be addressed and by providing suggested text.

Why use the DMPTool?

We recommend using the DMPTool to create your data management plan. This resource can help save time, protect your data investment, and increase your research efficiency. It also helps you prospectively think about the data you will collect and how you will manage it, thus strengthening your research design.

How to use the DMPTool?

Marquette University (MU) has registered as a participating institution with DMPTool which enables users to log in with their MU credentials and to receive MU-specific information and guidance as they create their plans. To create a DMPTool account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on ‘Sign In’ button in upper right-hand corner
  3. Choose Option 1
  4. Select Marquette University from the drop-down menu and click ‘Next’
  5. You will be taken to an MU authentication page, where you can enter your MU username and password