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Data Management Planning

For the National Science Foundation

Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan". This document should describe how the proposal will adhere to NSF policy on the sharing of research results. 

Researchers in receipt of NSF funding are expected to share the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of their work. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. 



Data organization: how will the data be managed during the project?

 What version controls, naming conventions, etc. will be employed?

 Quality assurance: What procedures will be enacted to assure data quality?

 Responsibility: Who is actually responsible for the data? What are his/her qualifications?

 Budget: How will costs be covered, particularly for long-term management?

 Selection and Retention: Does the data deserve long-term preservation?

 Audience: Who is the intended audience or designated community?

 Security and Legal Requirements that may apply.