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Research Data Management at Princeton

An overview of best practices for managing research data

Why Manage Research Data?

Some benefits of managing research data are:

  • Find and understand data when needed
  • Project continuity through researcher or staff changes
  • Organized data saves time
  • Reduces risk of lost, stolen, or mis-used data
  • Comply with funder and journal requirements
  • Allows for easier validation of results
  • Data can be shared, leading to collaboration and greater impact 

In addition, well managed and documented data make it easier to write up research results for publication.


Advantages to planning your research data management practices in advance

Save time: Planning ahead for your data management needs will let you anticipate what you’ll need and organize your data from the start - no last minute scrambling required!

Maintain data integrity: Managing and documenting your data throughout the entire project will allow you and others to understand and more easily use your data in the future.

Meet grant requirements: Many funding agencies require that researchers create and follow a data management and/or data sharing plan.


Have Research Data Management questions? The Princeton Research Data Service can help! Visit for more information or to schedule an appointment.

DMPTool at Princeton

Princeton University is a contributing institution for the DMPTool (Data Management Plan Tool)*. This tool provides step by step help in creating data management plans tailored to the specific requirements of major U.S. funding agencies.

To sign in to the DMPTool as a Princeton researcher, click login in the upper right hand corner and select Princeton University from the institution drop down menu. You will be directed to the Princeton Central Authentication Service where you can enter your Princeton NetID and Password.

*Developed by DataONE, Digitial Curation Centre (UK), Smithsonian Insitution, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library, UCLA Library, UC San Diego Libraries, University of Illinois, University of Virginia Libraries.