What is a DMP?
A data management plan is a formal
document describing how a researcher
intends to handle data throughout the
lifecycle of a particular project.
Where does DMP fit into the Data Lifecycle?
Where Did DMP’s Come From?
Source: Moses Receives the Tablets of the Law, Marc Chagall,1960-66
Funding Providers in the US
• National Institute of Health (2003)
• National Science Foundation (2011)
• National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
• National Endowment for the Humanities (2013)
• Institute of Education Sciences (2012)
• Federal Agencies >$100M in R&D (2013)
• Wellcome Trust in the UK…
• US private funders to follow?
Why are DMP’s Needed?
Accelerate scientific advances
Researcher attitudes toward data management &
“Data sharing is a bit like going to
the dentist. We can all agree that
it is a good thing to do and
intrinsic to good scientific practice.
In reality, however, researchers
tend to view data sharing with a
mix of fear, contempt, and dread.”
LeClere, F. (2010, Aug. 3). Too many
researchers are reluctant to share their data.
Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from
Fear of data misuse
Competitive advantage loss
Lack of time, too much work
No place to put the data
Contribution to Open Access
Facilitate knowledge creation
via mashups, diversity of
• Enhance research profile &
DMP Features (NSF)
• 2 page addendum to application
• Sections in NSF Grant Application
– Data types & size generated
• What & How generated
– Data & Metadata
• File formats, file naming, data about data or metadata
– Access/sharing & Privacy/security
• Who’s responsible, how stored, where stored, backups, constraints on
sharing, duration available
• Potential audience, licensing restrictions
• Where kept and how long, resources needed, policies &
Research Data at Villanova
• What will research data management services look like
• Who are the key stakeholders at Villanova and who can
best champion the effort?
• How shall University leadership, support services and
researchers come together to plan and implement
Jones, S. Pryor, G. & Whyte, A. (2013). How to develop research data
management services: A guide for HEIs’ Retrieved from
Pryor, G. (Ed.) (2012). Managing research Data. London: Facet Publishing.
Steinhart, G. Chen, E. Arguillas, F. Dietrich, D. & Kramer, S. (2012). Prepared
to plan? A snapshot of researcher readiness to address data management
planning requirement. Journal of eScience Librarianship 1(2) 63-78.
Scaramozzino, J.M., Ramirez, M.L. & McGaughey, K.J. (2012). A study of
faculty data curation behaviors and attitudes at a teaching-centered university.
College & Research Libraries 73 (7) 349-365.
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