Funders aren’t expecting something carved in stone. They expect your Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) will be updated as the project progresses. They want you to provide evidence that you have thought about the data you will generate and how they will be managed and shared responsibly.
A well-written Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) will help you win your award
Data Management and Sharing Plans (DMSPs or DMPs) are easy to create, and most are only a couple of pages long and easy to write. Describe the data you will create or acquire; how you will manage, describe, analyze, and store those data; and your sharing and preservation mechanisms at the end of your project.
As you prepare your proposal for submission, you should consider all the technology you may need to support your research. The ASU Library, in partnership with the Office of Research Data Management and other ASU units, can provide a single point of contact for research data support, including:
Technology Needs Assessments (TNA) – helping you understand what technology, tools, and support the university can provide to assist you with your proposed research
Research information management tools and consulting services
Resilient project storage – secure storage that you can dedicate to storing your research data.
Statistical data analysis services
Geospatial data services
Scientific programming services
Do not wait until your project has been funded to prepare. Being prepared will help you convince (via your DMP) that you know what you are doing and have the institutional support to do it. Visit ASU Research Data Management to learn more about data management plans and request support.
Why are DMSPs important?
Most major grant funding agencies now require that a data management and sharing plan accompany all grant proposals, including the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities. An emerging number of academic journals also require openly accessible data for submitted articles. Even if not required, it is still a critical practice to follow to ensure your research data is preserved, accessible, and discoverable.
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RDM @ ASU provides research data management services and technology solutions for Arizona State University research projects. They assist with the preparation of data management plans, undertake technology needs assessments for your project, provide subsidized computing resources and data storage, and assist with data publication.
The RDM office, an ASU Library partner, provides a full suite of support that includes technology advice for proposals, LabArchives research and lab notebook onboarding, access to Arizona health research data, and general research data sharing and management advice.
ICPSR Social Science data repository offers examples, guidance and other resources in developing a DMP. The Library provides assistance assistance with creating accounts, ICPSR services and policy, and information about data deposits.
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