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Research Data Management: Data Management Plans

Key Elements to an NIH Data Sharing Plan

Key Elements to Consider in Preparing a Data Sharing Plan Under NIH Extramural Support from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER):

  1. What data will be shared?
  2. Who will have access to the data?
  3. Where will the data to be shared be located?
  4. When will the data be shared?
  5. How will researchers locate and access the data?

Examples of Data Sharing Plans


NSF Data Management Plan Requirements

Proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.

  1. Types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project
  2. 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)
  3. Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements
  4. Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives
  5. Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them

NSF Data Management FAQs