Research Data Guide

Managing research data


DMPTuuli is a tool for writing data management plans (DMP). It is free, web based and easy-to-use user interface customized for Finnish research organizations from British DMPOnline by Digital Curation Center, DCC (UK) and US DMPTool.

Writing a DMP helps a researcher to become aware of questions related to the collection, owning, sharing and saving of research data from the very start of the research project.

- Log in using your  HAKA user ID and password
- Add your  ORCID identifier in your personal details in DMPTuuli

DMP for a research infrastructure

“Research Infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. They include major scientific equipment (or sets of instruments), knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives and scientific data, e-infrastructures, such as data and computing systems and communication networks and any other tools that are essential to achieve excellence in research and innovation. They may be single-sited, virtual and distributed.” (European Commission 2016)

University of Oulu´s research infrastructures (RIFs)

Writing a DMP for a RIF may be some how challenging than for a research project.  A good start point is to read through the policy paper related to the RIF in question.

Guidelines and instructions

Data management plan

A DMP defines how the data will be created and documented, who owns data and who will access it, where it will be stored and  who will back it up and whether (and how) it will be shared & preserved. Writing a DMP should be started at the very beginning of a research project and it is a vital step in a research project helping to ensure that RD are accurate, complete, reliable, and secure both during and after research. If maintained as living documents DMPs can also record the evolution a research project undergoes after funding has been awarded.

At the University of Oulu: After of positive funding decision all DMPs must be approved by Data Stewards  before sending to research funder. Preferably use  the helpdesk email for support and acceptance


UOulu data helpdesk

Software management plan

An SMP is a document that describes how a specific software project is developed, maintained, and curated. The goal of an SMP is to share knowledge and increase the reuse of software. FAIR principles apply SMPs the same way as DMPS.  Research software includes e.g. source code, files, algorithms, scripts and computational workflows. 


DMP examples

Note! Public and published DMPs are not necessarily evaluated (quality, completeness or adherence to funder guidelines). It is not recommended to use copy-paste technique for writing DMPs.