South African Data Management Plan

Creating Data

Research Data Life Cycle

Processing Data

Research Data Life Cycle

Analysing Data

Research Data Life Cycle

Preserving Data

Research Data Life Cycle

Giving Access to Data

Research Data Life Cycle

Re-using Data

Research Data Life Cycle

What is a Data Management Plan?

A Data management plan is a formal document that describes what you will do before your research, during your research and after your research. DIRISA has already deployed its own implementation of the DCC DMPonline. This tool can be accessed on Any queries/comments about the tool can be forwarded to dirisa(at)

Why do researchers need to complete a Data Management Plan (DMP)?

What to remember about DMPs?
What is a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)?

A Digital Object Identifies (DOI) is a persistent identifier that is used to identify objects. These are mainly used for electronic documents such as journal papers. However there have recently been persistent identifiers for services and also for individuals.

A DOI for use at DIRISA is currently being developed and will be available soon.

What is a Data Deposit Tool?
The Data Deposit Tool will be used by DIRISA users to deposit their data into the DIRISA storage.


The Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) promotes, enables, and coordinates a data intensive research ecosystem in support of national science and strategic priorities. This is accomplished through several key objectives, including the provision of a robust and advanced national data infrastructure and services, the promotion of sound data stewardship practices and the development of expertise in data management and data intensive research.

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