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Research Data Management

guides and tips to data management

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Christina Chan-Park

Data Science Librarian

Data Management Plans


DMPs are short documents that describe the data that you generate during your research and how that data will be preserved and available to others both in the short-term while you are working on your project and in the long-term after the project is over.

Data needs to be preserved and available to others for accountability, reproducibility, and reuse.  Depositing a dataset in a repository also allows it to be cited properly.
Digital data files can be deposited in subject repositories or in the Texas Data Repository (
Use the DMP Tool to get started writing your DMP.
Contact Billie Peterson-Lugo and Christina Chan-Park to review your DMP. 
Please give us seven business days to review your DMP.  Please send us your abstract/summary and methods sections along with your DMP.
More information on the importance of making data available can be found on the Texas Data Repository Information Sheet For Researchers and the Texas Data Repository Information Sheet For Librarians.

Government/Foundation Policies and Mandates

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

Improving the Management of & Access to the Nation’s Scientific Collections

Data Management Plan Mandates

  • NSF Data Management Plans Effective January 18, 2011 the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires a 2-page Data Management Plan as a supplement to all NSF grant proposals.
  • NIH Data Sharing Policy The NIH data-sharing policy applies to applicants seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year of the proposed research. 
  • NEH The National Endowment for the Humanities Office for Digital Humanities announced in June 2011 that their new grant program, Digital Humanities Implementation Grant, will require a data management plan.
  • Gordon & Betty Moore The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s (GBMF) goals of scientific advancement, environmental conservation, and healthcare improvement will best be served through a culture of open access to data.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Effective January 1, 2015 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has adopted an Open Access policy that enables the unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research funded, in whole or in part, by the foundation, including any underlying data sets.
  • Browse Article and Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency (SPARC)


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