A data management plan is a statement on how you will handle your research data during your research project and after. Many federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, require data management plans to be submitted with funding requests. These plans typically include a description of the data and metadata to be used in the project, along with information on how the data will be stored, managed, and preserved.
Beyond funding agency requirements, the creation of an effective data management plan will help you to preserve data for your own use and to share your findings with colleagues.
The WSU Libraries can provide assistance to faculty members who must create data management plans. Please take a look at this guide and contact the WSU Libraries or the Office of Research if you have any questions or would like further assistance.