The Data Management Planning Tool developed by a group of major U.S. research institutions, offers ready-to-use templates to create data management plans for specific funding agencies. This tool provides step-by-step instructions and guidance for creating your data management plan for NSF, NIH, NEH, NOAA, GBMF and IMLS.
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If you expect to generate significant digital data through the course of your research, best practices dictate that you create a detailed Data Management Plan (DMP). Many funding agencies and programs have specific guidelines on what information to include in your DMP that should take precedence. Some general questions you should answer include:
From Purdue University Libraries, Conducting a Data Interview by Michael Witt and Jake Carlson
1. Outline a procedure for naming data and document files for lab and research groups (i.e. PI, graduate, students, collaborators).
2. Develop a procedure and schedule for regular collection and indexing of files from all lab and research group participants.
3. Back-up regularly on multiple storage media (i.e. office computer or lab hard-drive, external hard-drive, data service) in geographically different locations.