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CSULB Data Management Plan

Beginning January 18, 2011, proposals submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled "Data Management Plan" (DMP). The goal of an Institutional Data Management Plan is to provide a mechanism for digital curation for a community of users that assures appropriate usability of the managed digital assets over time. The plan must address data interpretability, renderability and sustainability in a way that assures covering the entire curation lifecycle of the projects/data they aim to archive. This includes guidance to users and managers on creating data, receiving data, appraising data, assimilating data, preserving data, storing data, accessing and reusing data and, if necessary transforming data.

The development of an institutional DMP is a commitment to a long-term digital curation facility which, accordingly, needs to be organized to be sustainable for perpetuity or as required by the sponsor. The institutional plan as described to NSF and other agencies requiring such plans should therefore:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuing maintenance of digital objects for the required lifecycle of the information including a statement that implies that adequate and appropriate finance and staffing has been allocated to fulfill the commitment

  • That describes an effective and efficient policy framework that prescribes not only how data will be archived, accessed and shared but also how access can be controlled to prevent conflicts or legal ramifications resulting from the unauthorized deposition or access sensitive, confidential, privileged, contractual and other restricted information. Deployment of security used to authenticate users of the repository?

  • Have a strategic plan for the re-use, re-distribution and the production of transformed data derivatives that includes a preservation plan for the original format.

  • Provide technical details of the platform, software, communication, management tools that are available and that describes conventions for acceptable formats that:
    • Use non-lossy formatting to ensure that data manipulation does not cause any loss in fidelity or authenticity
    • Are widely implemented and supported
    • Preferably are open or non-proprietary
    • Have a potentially long life
    • Are most likely to have migration pathways to the next format available
    • Can accommodate linked metadata and representation information to support identification, access and preservation processes (e.g. filed notes, date of creation, subject, author name, version etc.)

General information regarding the CSULB Data Management Plan Microsoft Word 2007 Document is provided as a template for use for those applying for NSF and other funding sources that require a plan for maintaining and disseminating information. Additionally, we have provided some links to resources that provide some of the best practices in developing a data management plan.

Resources and Best Practices

Contact Data Management Plan Coordinator

Chloé Pascual
Data Management Plan Coordinator (DMPC)
Contact Chloé Pascual
(562) 985-1895