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Data Management Best Practices

Use this guide for an overview of data management; guidance in data sharing best practices; data sharing tips and templates.

What is a data management plan?

The National Science Foundation requires that all grant proposals must describe plans for data management and for sharing products of research, or must assert the absence of the need for such plans. 

 A data management plan includes:

  • The standards to be used for data and metadata format
  • Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
  • Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and
  • Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.

 from National Science Foundation. Grant Proposal Guide.  Chapter II – Proposal Preparation Instructions.

Individual Research Data Management Consultation

The RDM task force is available to assist with you, your lab, or center's data management needs. Finding answers may be a click away. Fill out the consultation form for custom assistance for you. 

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