What Is Data Management & What Goes In a Plan?

A general introduction to what data management is, why it's important and some basics on how to write a plan to accomplish it.

What needs to be included?

The following is based on NSF general plan guidelines:

The TYPES of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;

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);

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.

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