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Data Management Plan

Data Management Plan
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A data management plan grows out of an understanding of how data should be collected, normalized, processed, analyzed, preserved, used and re-used over their lifetime. Data management plans are often required by grant funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation. A data management plan that is associated with a research study must include comprehensive information about the data such as the types of data, the metadata standards used, the policies for access and sharing, and the plans for archiving and preserving data so that it is accessible over time. Data management plans ensure that data will be properly documented and available for use by other researchers in the future. Librarians can assist researchers to formulate a data management plan based on strong foundational knowledge working with metadata, archiving, preservation, and scholarly communication.