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“Data management plan” defined

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A data management plan is a document, submitted with a grant proposal, that describes what data a project will produce or gather, and provides information on how that data will be organized, preserved, or accessed. Creating and following a data management plan allows researchers to better control their own use of their data and facilitates re-use of data sets by either the Principal Investigator or by other researchers.

As of January 2011, the National Science Foundation requires all submissions to include a data management plan as part of the overall proposal. The robustness of the plan will be evaluated during the review process, so it is important that the plan be well-written and thorough. This site will provide information on what to include in an effective data plan, as well as resources to help researchers manage, share, and store their data.

Page last updated on: 01/29/2014