Data management is important in that it facilitates the exchange of knowledge within the research community. By describing and preserving your data in a standardized fashion, you make it easier for others to access the information you have gathered, verify your results, compare studies, and incorporate findings into future work. By managing data carefully, you also increase the odds of securing additional funding from federal and private funders interested in seeing the impact of their investments.
As you plan your data management strategy, important considerations include:
Created by the UC system and California Digital Library, the DMPTool can help you create data management plans for an array of funding agencies. The DMPTool provides you with templates, funder mandates, institutional requirements, and other instructional material. Log in using your Network ID/password to save and submit the plans you create.
While all data management plans share certain common considerations, your funder may have unique requirements for data management plans (DMPs) that you should know. The following organizations are maintaining lists of funders and funder requirements. You may want to check these lists before getting started with your DMP.
Please note that the following list is far from exhaustive and subject to change due to revisions in funder policies.