This is the planning phase; the P in DMP. Before you begin your research, there are several factors that ought to be considered when planning how to manage data.
This page provides educational and service support on the following issues:
Data management throughout the data life-cycle will not only help save you time, but it will help you:
Some data (usually factual and/or numerical) is not copyrightable in the U.S. Intellectual property licenses (especially Creative Commons Licencing) may help ensure proper attribution and protect your data in countries where copyright could apply. As with other forms of publishing, authors should understand their rights as well as limitations before publishing their data.
Some options for data intellectual property and proper attribution:
Ethical Use Issues to consider:
The 2013 Public Access to Federally Funded Research memo from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed most grant-funding agencies to develop policy requirements public access to resulting articles and data. This page looks at the requirements from federal funders for managing and sharing research data.
We can help you write and implement your data management plan to best meet funder requirements. You can also use CSUN ScholarWorks to meet federal funder requirements for data sharing.
Federal funders' responses to the OSTP memo (updated as they become available):
|Agency||Directorate||Effective date||DMP required?||Sharing venue / platform requirements|
|DOD||End of 2016||Yes||“Established, publicly accessible institutional repositories”|
|DOE||Oct. 2015||Yes||OpenEI for EERE, or other approved repositories|
|DoED||IES||FY2016||Yes||“existing data repository” or other approach*|
|DOT||Dec. 31, 2015||Yes||An appropriate data repository, and inventoried in the DoT Public Data Listing|
|ASPR||Oct. 2015||Yes||Publicly accessible databases|
|CDC||Oct. 2015||Yes||Encourages the use of public repositories|
|FDA||Oct. 2015||Yes||Publicly accessible, discipline specific repositories|
|NIH||End of 2015||Yes||Existing, publicly accessible repositories|
|NASA||Jan. 1, 2015||Yes||Existing data repositories|
|NIST||Oct. 2015||Yes||Publicly accessible databases|
|NOAA||2015||Yes||Existing NOAA data centers, other data repositories, interagency Research Data Commons|
|NSF||2011||Yes||“an appropriate repository”|
|Smithsonian||Oct-15||Partial**||Smithsonian Research Online, or approved external data repository|
|USDA||Jan-16||Yes||USDA registry of datasets, other repository options|
|VA||31-Dec-15||Yes||Partner with HHS, NIH, FDA, and DoD on “effective mechanisms"|
Also see below: Department of the Interior (USGS); NEH, EPA
* Data must be available for at least 10 years | ** Data management plan is required for digital projects
To locate requirements for agencies not listed here, we recommend searching the web and specifying government websites in addition to your keywords. For example, "site:gov atmospheric radiation". This will help you find funders at local, state and national levels with data management expectations.
Before starting a new research project, it may be helpful to develop a data management plan (DMP) that outlines your practices for collecting, organizing, backing up, and storing the data you will be generating. To help you begin writing a DMP, we provide a general template that includes basic topics to address; however, funding agencies like the National Science Foundation and others have specific guidelines on what information to include in your DMP that should be addressed first. Consider examining other planning and data sharing services here.
The library provides other resources that may also be useful for you as you write your DMP: