Some funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Endowment for the Humanities, among many others, require that grant applications include a data management plan (DMP). The library can provide support and advice on standards for metadata, storage repositories, and other data management issues.

Elements of a data management plan

Generally, DMPs include a description of the data that will be generated by your research and a plan for storing and providing access to the data. While the specific details of a DMP may vary depending on the funding agency and/or nature of the research involved, a typical DMP will outline:

  1. The types of data that will be produced over the life of the project
  2. How your data will be managed and maintained (e.g. data formats, metadata standards to be used, etc.)
  3. How the data will be stored and shared (including legal and ethical considerations relating to privacy and confidentiality)
  4. Policies for the reuse of the data by others
  5. Approaches for long-term preservation/archiving of the data produced

These are some of the major grant funding agencies and their associated data management plan guidelines, but please keep in mind this list is not meant to be exhaustive:

Additional resources on writing a data management plan

Additional resources for selecting a data digital repository

For more information

For additional information about how the library can support your data management plan, contact Nora Zimmerman, Digital Repository Librarian.