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Data Management: What is a Data Management Plan?

Data Management Guide for Faculty, Researchers, and Students. The Data Services Coordinator can help you with your data management plans, teach workshops on best practices, and help identify repositories to find and deposit data.

Data Management Plans

What is a data management plan (DMP)?

A data management plan is a document outlining how a researcher plans to manage data during and after a research project including how it will be organized, maintained and shared. 

Why do you need one?

On Feb. 22, 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo titled, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (PDF)." In short, the memo:

"...directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research." Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology at OSTP

How do you create a DMP?

We recommend using the California Digital Library's DMPTool. This tool will walk you step-by-step through the requirements for each of the above funders and upon completion will provide you an exportable data management plan. Click here for a guide on how to use the DMPTool.

If you are requesting funding from an agency not covered by the DMPTool, please contact the Data Services Coordinator.

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