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What is a data management plan?
A data management plan is a formal document that outlines what a project will do with its data during and after the project. The usual components of a Data Management Plan (DMP) include:
- Description of the project and the data to be collected
- What documentation will be used
- What file formats and file naming conventions will be used
- Plans for short-term storage and data management
- Legal and ethical issues
- Software and hardware accommodations for the data
- Access and sharing policies including which persons are responsible for which parts of the project
- Long-term archiving and preservation details
Example Data Management Plan using the Auraria Institutional Repository.
Create a Data Management Plan
The Data Management Plan (DMP) Tool helps generate data management plans based on the requirements of various funding agencies, both federal and private funding sources.
Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research
The Obama Administration was committed to the proposition that citizens deserve easy access to the results of research their tax dollars have paid for. In a policy memorandum, OSTP Director John Holdren directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the results of federally funded research freely available to the public—generally within one year of publication.
Federal Funding Data Management Requirements
Sample Data Management Plans
Sample NSF Plans - UC San Diego
This resource, created by UC San Diego, includes sample data management plans submitted to a variety of NSF divisions and directorates.
ICPSR Data Management Sample Plan
Many federal funding agencies, including NIH and most recently NSF, are requiring that grant applications contain data management plans for projects involving data collection. To support researchers in meeting this requirement, ICPSR is providing guidance on creating such plans.