Data Management

Getting Started

DMPTool - "Guidance and Resources for your Data Management Plan" and a service of the University of California Curation Center of the California Digital Library. Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies.

A specific directorate Data Management Form (PDF) from the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. Use it as a guide to the kind of information that is expected by reviewers when evaluating a data management plan.


ThinkTech is an online publishing and archival service for the TTU community. Researchers can use ThinkTech to distribute and archive their scholarly works. There are no limitations on content or format. 

Sample text: All data will be submitted to the Texas Tech University Libraries institutional repository. The repository is an open access repository implemented in DSpace. The metadata will be formatted as Qualified Dublin Core and will be organized and formatted in consultation with a metadata librarian. The PI will be responsible for acquiring and ensuring the completeness and accuracy of the metadata. All data will be archived in the repository indefinitely. The repository is located at the University’s data center. The data center is responsible for storage and backup of the repository content. The data acquired and preserved in the context of this proposal will be further governed by Texas Tech University’s policies pertaining to intellectual property, record retention, and data management.

Provided for information purposes only:

      DataCite - list via collaboration between the British Library, BioMed Central and the Digital Curation Centre.

      Databib - collaborative, annotated bibliography of repositories developed with support from Institute of Museum and Library Services.

      Open data repositories - list by Simmons.


Requirement for National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants

NSF has published a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (NSF 11-1) that will require, in all proposals submitted , or due, on or after January 18, 2011, a supplementary document of no more than two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research. All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or assert the absence of the need for such plans.

The plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate. NOTE: FastLane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan.

Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results and may include:

1. the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;

2. the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);

3. policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;

4. policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and

5. plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them.

Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. More information can be found in the Grant Proposal Guide Chapter II.C.2j and the NSF Data Management & Sharing Frequently Asked Questions.

Additional Requirements for Specific Directorates

Data management requirements and plans specific to the Directorate, Office, Division, Program, or other NSF unit, relevant to a proposal are available at Please note that if a specific program solicitation provides guidance on preparation of data management plans, such guidance must be followed.

Other Resources

Key Elements to Consider in Preparing a Data Sharing Plan Under NIH Extramural Support (3 page PDF)
NIH Data Sharing Policy page has charts, a workbook, FAQs and other resources

Elements of a Data Management Plan from ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)

Responsible Conduct in Data Management. A Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) instruction module from Northern Illinois University.

Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University

Contact: Christopher Starcher, Associate Librarian, (806) 834-0855 or