Research data are primary sources. They are factual material used to validate or refute research findings. Data can take many forms: images, text, numbers, audio clips, etc.
Interest in research data has grown exponentially with the widespread use of technology. It is important to manage your research data throughout your research project.
1. Data Types & Sources: What type of data will be produced?
2. Descriptive Standards & Formats: What standards will be used for documentation and metadata?
3. Access and Use Rights: What steps will be taken to protect privacy, security, confidentiality, intellectual property or other rights?
4. Sharing and Permissions: If you allow others to reuse your data, how will the data be accessed and shared?
5. Preservation: How will the data be archived for preservation and long-term access?
The DMP Tool is a service that takes you through the steps necessary to develop a data management plan, according to the requirements of different funding bodies, including the NSF. SMU has an institutional account with the DMPTool. Choose Southern Methodist University in the Sign In dropdown menu.
The DMPonline is similar to the DMPTool, and is mostly used by researchers in the UK.
Both tools have the same goal of improving data management practices, and facilitating the development of these data management plans.