Data Management Plan Tools

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Needs for data stewardship and sharing are being driven by funding agency requirements, growing size and complexity of data sets, rising appreciation of opportunities for responsible re-use and re-analysis of data, and growing emphasis on data preservation and sharing as a collegial responsibility. 

Funding agency expectations regarding DMP content vary considerably across agencies and within divisions. Required topics to be covered include publication, preservation or retention, curation and sharing. NSF's requirements are as follows, and serve as a good model.

From NSF's GPG: "Plans for data management and sharing of the products of research. Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results, and may include:

1. the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;
2. the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);
3. policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
4. policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and
5. plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them."

The following resources are in place to help you in meeting agency expectations and professional obligations.  Your Contract and Grant Specialist is also always available to help you understand and meet funding agency expectations for inclusion of data management and sharing plans in your proposals.

  • Data curation at Lehigh - These resource pages from Lehigh's Library and Technology Services provide reference materials and pointers to resources available for managing data through its entire life cycle, from creating data management plans to data collection, analysis and storage, and data sharing and reuse, including access to specialist assistance in devising plans for sound curation. The library guide includes a section "Data repositories"  that points to resources such as discipline-specific repositories that can help you in meeting your obligations.

  • The section of the library guide "DMP Writing Resources" has agency-specific  and other information, including a link to the "DMPTool". The tool assists in drafting of data management plans fulfilling the specific requirements of a number of federal agencies and major foundations. You can save your plans for customization on a project-by-project basis.

  • You can also see some sample data management plans developed by your fellow Lehigh researchers.

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