Data management plans describe how researchers will handle digital data both during and after a research project. Data management plans also describe how the research proposal conforms to DOT policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.
U.S. DOT has identified five broad areas that should be addressed in a data management plan:
Source: National Transportation Library.
Creating Data Management Plans (DMPs), National Transportation Library (NTL), March 2021.
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Data Management Workshop, presentation, California Digital Library, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, September 2018.
Workshop topics include the U.S. DOT Public Access Plan and its requirements, guidance for writing a data management plan, best practices in managing data, and archiving and publishing data.
Data Management Plan (DMP) Template for Iowa DOT Research Projects, Iowa DOT, May 2016.
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Data Management Plan Template, Missouri DOT, August 2018.
Data Management Plan and Metadata Schema, Section 4, Wyoming DOT Research Center Guidelines, undated.
Sample Data Management Plans:
Section 1: Data Description
Section 2: Standards Used
Section 3: Access Policies
Section 4: Reuse, Redistribution and Derivative Products Policies
Section 5: Archiving and Preservation
Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research, Office of Science and Technology Policy, February 2013.
This memorandum is aimed at ensuring public access to scientific data for all research projects receiving federal funding. The order directs federal agencies to create a plan for improving the public’s access to the results of federally funded research. The U.S. DOT plan is below.
► Related Resource: Open Data Policy — Managing Information as an Asset, Memorandum M-13-13, Office of Management and Budget, 2013.
Plan to Increase Public Access to the Results of Federally-Funded Scientific Research Results, U.S. DOT, December 2015.
This plan laid out a strategy focused on publications, data and projects, including the requirements that all U.S. DOT-funded projects follow a data management plan and submit their research data to a publicly accessible repository.
Public Access Plan FAQs, National Transportation Library, March 2021.
TRB Webinars: USDOT Public Access Plan: Overview and Data Management Primer, 2016.
Ten-part series of short videos.
U.S. DOT Public Access and Data Management Review, presentation, National Transportation Library, June 2019.
Data Management Plan (DMP) Guide
Iowa State University
Research Data Management
Texas A&M University
Data Management Plans
Data Management Best Practices
University of Minnesota
Data Management Plans (ENG)
University of Michigan
Data Management Plans
California State University, Long Beach
Data Management Planning for NMSU Researchers
New Mexico State University
Project Level: Sample data management plan, Iowa DOT.
Program Level: Data Management Plan, Info, & Guidance, National Center for Sustainable Transportation.
More Samples: Sample data management plans from various institutions can be found in the U.S. DOT Public Access Data Management Plans collection. Sample plans from across scientific disciplines can be found at Public DMPs.