Research granting agencies continue to raise the bar in terms of requirements for managing the products of funded grants. Traditionally, this has been in the form of archival publications. More recently there has been an added expectation to organize and archive the data generated by funded research. Since more and more research has a strong computational component, there is also an increasing expectation to organize and archive the software developed by research activities. In addition, the increasing ability to automate the generation of and/or the collection of large amounts of data has led to “big data” issues: how to organize and archive massive amounts of data.
Data Management Plans
Mason researchers have access to an online tool called DMPTool for creating data management plans (DMP) that are compliant with funding agency requirements. DMPTool has direct links to funding agency sites, helpful sample text for answering questions, and information on data management best practices. Grant applicants can use DMPTool to develop their funding agency mandated DMPs. To get started, visit the DMPTool website.
Mason Libraries provide data management expertise and support. For general data services, please visit the Mason Digital Scholarship Center, or for specific information and resources for research data management please visit the research data management page.