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 to be used in the project and of descriptive metadata, 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 research data with colleagues.
The WSU Libraries can provide assistance to WSU research faculty in the creation of data management plans. Please contact us or the Office of Research if you have any questions (see contact information to the right and below).