Before even collecting your data, you need to plan. Each stage of the data life cycle should be considered when planning how you will manage your data and make it accessible.
A DMP will address questions about the type of data to be collected and how that data will be stored, shared and preserved for future access. There are templates such as Portage’s DMP Assistant that aid in preparing a plan guiding through each step. There are institutional instances of Portage’s DMP Assistant including one at UBC.
Like fulfilling open access and open data requirements, it is not uncommon for research funders to request a DMP to be submitted with the funding application demonstrating how the data will be handled at each stage of the data life cycle.