Data Management and Sharing Plans ensure proper storage and handling of scientific data, and they lay out how a researcher will make scientific data available after the award period is over. Sharing scientific data accelerates biomedical research discovery, in part, by enabling validation of research results, providing accessibility to high-value datasets, and promoting data reuse for future research studies.
A Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMSP) contains the following elements:
Data Type – briefly describe the scientific data type, format, and amount to be managed, preserved, and shared.
Related Tools, Software, and/or Code – If specialized tools are needed to access or manipulate the data; are they open source, purchased, or created?
Standards – An indication of what standards will be applied to the scientific data, if any.
Data Preservation, Access, and Associated Timelines – Name of the repositories, how the scientific data will be findable, when it will be available, for how long will it be available (usually 10+ years or for as long as you anticipate it being useful)
Access, Distribution, or Reuse Considerations – Describe any applicable factors affecting subsequent access, distribution, or reuse of scientific data related to informed consent, privacy and confidentiality protections, data repository approval, and any restrictions imposed by federal, Tribal, or state laws, regulations, policies or existing/anticipated agreements.
Oversight of Data Management and Sharing – Indicate who will be monitoring and managing the plan, usually a PI, co-PI, or collaborator.
For a more in-depth explanation of each section of the DMSP see the section titled Writing Your DMSP.
The Texas Tech University Libraries' Data Management Team is here to help researchers in preparing data management and sharing plans for inclusion in NIH grants.
The Team offers individual consultations to help write these plans. This can allow the researcher(s) to walkthrough the required elements of a data management and sharing plan and receive suggestions and help on writing it.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.