NSF proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan.” This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.
Although specific requirements vary according to the NSF program, the data management plans are generally expected to preserve and share data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials and other materials produced in the course of the project. At the UW-Madison, some of that digital curation can approached with Minds@UW, MyWebSpace, and possibly the GoogleApps.edu space that will be made available when the pilot ends in the next month or two.
For more information about data plans, including examples and an offer of a personal consultation, see Research Data Services, a collaboration between UW-Madison Libraries, the Graduate School and DoIT.
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