Data Management Plan

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Increasingly grant sponsors and collaborating agencies are requiring Data Management Plans to address data interpretability, renderability and sustainability in a way that assures covering the entire curation lifecycle of the projects/data they aim to archive.

Beginning January 18, 2011, proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan" (DMP). The institutional plan as described to NSF and other agencies requiring such plans should:

  • Use non-lossy formatting to ensure that data manipulation does not cause any loss in fidelity or authenticity;
  • Are widely implemented and supported;
  • Preferably are open or non-proprietary;
  • Have a potentially long life;
  • Are most likely to have migration pathways to the next format available; and
  • Can accommodate linked metadata and representation information to support identification, access and preservation processes (e.g. filed notes, date of creation, subject, author name, version etc.)