During your research project, your data management plan and best practices should come together in a way that facilitates the project, rather than gets in its way. How will you store, share, and backup your data? It is worth thinking of data management planning as an ongoing activity. Just as research adapts to its evolving context, so too should your data management plan. What might have been relatively unimportant when you were writing the grant proposal might become very important as your research progresses.