Data Management Planning

What Is Data Management Planning?

Data management includes all activities associated with describing, preserving, protecting, and accessing data over a set period of time, if not indefinitely. It includes multiple considerations.

♦ Metadata standards 

♦ File formats

♦ Data organization

♦ Backups and storage

♦ Archiving for long-term preservation & access

♦ Normalization for confidentiality protection

♦ Copyright

♦ Sharing or publishing

♦ Synchronization with related data sets

♦ Pro Forma Data Plan Submissions

NSF Expectations

Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants.  This guide will help clarify these expectations.

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NSF Requirements

Proposals submitted after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary Data Management Plan of no more than two pages describing how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. This guide will help you meet these requirements.