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Research Data Management

Guidance on research data management planning, creating data management plans (DMPs), and other resources

Research Funder Public Access Policies

Research Funder Public Access Policies

See this guide for lists of federal agencies and their requirements relating to DMPs, open data, and other information.

Public Access Mandates and DMPs

In 2013, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum to the agencies under their jurisdiction directing that the results of publicly funded research (including data) be made publicly available. For most agencies, this means that grant applications must include a plan for how data will be managed during and after the proposed project.


The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has compiled a list of public access requirements by funding agency. Use this list to find the most up to date information related to your agency's requirements.

Browse Article and Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency (Future and current sharing policies.)

Research Funder Data Sharing Policies (List of data sharing policies.)




The DMPTool provides detailed guidance and links to general and institutional resources and walks a researcher through the process of generating a comprehensive plan tailored to specific DMP requirements.

FSU is a partner institution meaning that you can use your Blackboard ID and password to access your account as well as have access to local resources and links provided by your FSU librarians.

Link to DMPTool.


More Resources for writing DMPs

Research data management (RDM) is part of the research process and something that should be considered before a project begins. This tab has information related to planning for effective research data management. Please look at the resources below to for comprehensive guidance creating data management plans.


 link to ICPSR guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans


 link to DataOne data management planning guidelines

Things to address in your DMP

What to address in a data management plan:

  1. What types of data will be produced in terms of format, file size, and classification (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, or sensitive)?
  2. What metadata standards do you need to follow for documentation?
  3. Do any considerations need to be make to protect sensitive information, including study participant confidentiality and intellectual property protection?
  4. What policies do you need to follow with respect to data sharing and reuse?
  5. How will you ensure archiving and preservation of the data you will produce?
  6. What are the roles of individuals and their responsibilities for carrying out the data management plan?

Review guidelines from your funding agency for a complete list of what to include in your data management plan. The above list is abbreviated and should assist in creating a data management plan if a funding agency has not outlined specifics to include in the plan. 

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