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Data Management Planning

Data Management Plans Increasingly Required by Federal Policy

In January of 2011, the National Science Foundation published their policy on Data Management Plans (DMP), requiring that all proposals include a two page supplement detailing measures that will be taken to conform to existing policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. Together with the long standing NIH Data Sharing Policy, the NSF's DMP requirement underscores a growing interest in data as valuable research output distinct from the peer reviewed article. Since then, additional federal and public funding bodies have developed similar policies. Most recently, the National Endowment for the Humanities' Office of Digital Humanities has begun requiring data management plans be included with all new Digital Humanities Implementation Grant proposals: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-implementation-grants.

Additional Consultation Services Available

Although each funding body develops its own requirements, new data management planning specifications are generally modeled on the 2011 NSF policy. Within this model, specific components and topics to be addressed within the DMP include:

  • Expected data types
  • Data formats and dissemination policies
  • Period or data retention and sharing mechanisms
  • Data storage and preservation strategies.

Data librarians at the University of New Mexico libraries are experienced in drafting data management plans and are available to identify the most current requirements of your proposal's funding body or directorate. We also provide consultation on current standards and best practices regarding file and data formats, storage and retention, and publishing or archiving your data through LoboVault, the University of New Mexico's institutional repository, or alternatively within an appropriate domain repository.

To schedule a consultation, please contact any of the subject specialists below. If no data librarian for your subject area is listed, please contact Jon Wheeler at (505) 277-1687 or via email at jwheel01@unm.edu.

Dan Barkley
(Political Science & Government Information)

Karl Benedict
(Geography & Earth Sciences)

Todd Quinn
(Business & Economics)

The DMPTool Online: A Resource for UNM Faculty

In addition to in-person consultations, University of New Mexico faculty can access an instance of the online DMPTool  at https://dmptool.org/ which has been customized to include references to UNM specific resources and policies. The tool features DMP templates tailored to address the required components of different NSF directorates as well as those of other funding bodies including the NIH and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

To get started with the customized DMPTool, go to the institutional login page at https://dmptool.org/user_sessions/institution, select the University of New Mexico from the drop down list and then Go!