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Data Management: Data Management Plans

Guidelines by Funder and Sample Plans

Sample Data Management Plans for Funded Projects by USC Researchers. You can use these DMPs as a starting place to create a plan of your own. NSF and NIH plans are available.
http://guides.library.sc.edu/USCDMP

Sample DMPs from UC San Diego
http://libraries.ucsd.edu/services/data-curation/data-management/dmp-samples.html

Sample DMPs from Arizona University Libraries
http://data.library.arizona.edu/data-management-plans/data-management-plan-examples

Link to data management planning guidelines by funder from NC State University.
http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/guides/datamanagement/funding_agencies

Data Management Plans

Data Management Plans, or DMPs, are documents describing what will happen to data during and after research.  Before writing a DMP, review guidelines for the funding agency you are working with. DMPs often include descriptions of:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Types of Data
  • Data Formats and Metadata
  • Access, Sharing, and Privacy
  • Policies and Provisions for Re-use and Re-Distribution
  • Data Storage and Preservation
  • Costs

Checklist for a Data Management Plan, v4.0 from the Digital Curation Center

In 2013, the US Office of Science and Technology issued a Policy Memorandum expanding requirements for planning and sharing of data. Most federal funding research agencies require DMPs as part of the grant application process.

Even if you don't need to meet funder requirements, data management plans are still valuable. Planning ahead of time for the storage, backup, archiving, and sharing (if applicable) of data will:

  • Save time and effort down the road
  • Enhance the value and usefulness of data long-term
  • Increase research efficiency

Data Management Planning and DMPTool Workshop at USC's Thomas Cooper Library

Is a Data Management Plan required to obtain funding for your research? Would you like to plan for the management of your data to make life easier down the road? Learn about Data Management Plans and get hands-on experience using DMPTool, an online wizard for creating DMPs that meet specific funder requirements.

Register here: guides.library.sc.edu/workshops

Workshop Slides

DMPTool

DMPTool is a free tool to help researchers create data management plans that comply with funder requirements. It walks users through the components required by the funder they're applying to, and allows them to create a completed DMP, which can be exported as a Word document or PDF.

To access the DMPTool, visit dmptool.org, click Get Started, and select the University of South Carolina. You'll be asked to log in with the network username and password you use to access email and Blackboard.

Link to DMPTool video

USC Resources

Sponsored Awards Management

The Office of Sponsored Awards Management (SAM) provides pre- and post-award services to help USC researchers develop and submit grant proposals.

USCeRA

USCeRA is the University of South Carolina's electronic research administration system.