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May 07, 2010

NSF data management requirements

Here's a story in Science about NSF data management plan requirements.

And here is an email response I wrote to the person who drew this to my attention:


I think UMBS may serve as an example of one type of departmental-level response to this. We've currently finished drafting a data management policy (please don't circulate):

http://www.umbs.lsa.umich.edu/research/datapolicy

and we recently inserted a section on data management into a proposal our Director, Knute Nadelhoffer, is on. I think the next step for us will be to draft a generic appendix that meets requirements of the NSF solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09514/nsf09514.htm; see below). We (I) would then be available to the researchers to identify likely future datasets and customize the appendix.

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(A-1) Data Management Plan (maximum 1 page): Development and adherence to community-wide standards for collection and presentation of data, such as microarray or interactome data, are highly encouraged. Large-scale datasets must be made available in a format that enables rapid comparison and effective utilization of reproducible information. All proposals must include a detailed data management plan if the project is expected to generate significant digital data for preservation (maximum 1 page). The contents of the data management plan should include:

* The types of data to be produced
* The standards that would be applied for format, metadata content, etc.
* Provisions for archiving and preservation
* Access policies and provisions
* Plans for eventual transition or termination of the data collection after the NSF funding period

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Posted by kkwaiser at May 7, 2010 11:01 AM

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