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Data Management Toolkit to Help NSF Grant Applicants

Beginning January 18, 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will require all grant proposals to include a data management plan. Plans must conform to NSF data sharing policy and should describe what best practices or standards will be used to organize data and how data will be shared.

The UNC Libraries’ Data Management Committee has created a Research Data Toolkit that explains the new requirements and provides guidance to UNC researchers on drafting a plan.

The Toolkit includes:

  • Information and FAQ about NSF Data Management Plan requirement
  • Sample plans from UNC’s Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
  • A decision-making checklist to assess storage needs
  • A directory of data repositories
  • A listing of metadata standards by discipline
  • A directory of campus units and resources to assist researchers
  • Basic principles of confidential data protection
  • Listings of upcoming courses and recordings of previous data management workshops

The site will eventually include boilerplate language and additional sample plans. Directory listings will also be expanded and updated.

The committee has also established to answer researcher questions in partnership with the Odum Institute and the UNC Office of Sponsored Research.

For questions about the Research Data Toolkit, contact Barrie Hayes, Health Sciences Library ( or Michele Hayslett, Davis Library (