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Research Data Management Basics

This guide covers essential and practical tips for managing project data and lists contacts for getting help with data questions.

Need help writing a data management plan to submit with a grant proposal?

The Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) helps George Mason faculty, staff, and students manage and publish data they produce. We can answer questions about and guide you through the process of writing your data management plan.

  • The DMPTool helps you to create ready-to-use data management plans to meet funder and institutional requirements
    • When you connect to the DMPTool, you can login using your Mason username and password.






  • Remember to check the funder and grant solicitation for any additional requirements.
  • Use the DMPTool Quick Start Guide to get started.

Additional Information

Questions? Contact us for help.

Upcoming NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Changes (effective January 25, 2023)

Learn what NIH expects Data Management & Sharing Plans to address.
This guide from NIH compares what's expected from NIH Data Sharing Plans now and what will be expected for grant applications received on or after January 25, 2023.

Review the DMPTool's NIH Data Management & Sharing Templates.
In advance of the upcoming changes, maintainers at the DMPTool prepared templates for NIH Data Management & Sharing Plans.

NIH Data Sharing and Reuse Seminar Series
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Data Science Strategy hosts a seminar series to highlight exemplars of data sharing and reuse on the second Friday of each month at noon ET.

Examples of Data Management Plans

Data management planning is an important part of a research project. The plans required by funders are the first step in addressing how you will manage your research data. Once you get funding for your project, the second phase is building from your initial data management plan and devising a more detailed plan. Of course, writing a data management plan need not be tied to a grant proposal.

Video is 13:48 minutes in length. The first section is introductory and background material. Starting at the 7:00 minute mark, what to include in a DMP is addressed. Go to ICPSR's Guidelines for effective data management plans web page which accompanies this presentation for more background or download as a PDF.