Data Management Plans
What is a data management plan?
A data managent plan is a document which outlines how a researcher plans to work with their data both during and after a research project. This includes how data will be organized, maintained, and shared.
Why should you care about data management?
A DMP can help you think through your research workflow and account for forseeable barriers that may impact how you work with your data. It's also important for your work to be reproducible; well-managed data and research artifacts (like code and software) will help make your work reproducible. Also, many funding agencies are starting to require researchers to submit a formal DMP when applying for grants. The National Institutes of Health have instituted their own data sharing plan requirements that can be supplemented with data management plans.
Data Management Checklist
Use this checklist to make sure you're addressing the fundamental questions surrounding data management. The document also contains a list of resources for addressing these issues.
Educating Clinical Staff in Clinical Research Data Collection and Data Management HHS and St. Jude's Hospital Developed course segmented into four mondules
General Tools & Resources
- Research Data Management Services Group General Guide Guidance document produced by Cornell University's Research Data Management Services Group outlining general data management planning that is not specific to any particular funding agency.
- Applied Bioinformatics Core Help with data management for next-generation sequencing applications
- DataOne Primer on Data Management An introductory guide to what "you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)" about data management.
- DMPTool This web interface allows you to login using your CWID and password to create a custom data management plan based on the guidelines required by specific funding agencies.
- DMPTool Community Resources Brief descriptions and demonstration of the DMP Tool interface
- Informatics Walk-In Clinics Bioinformatics and Data Management walk-in clinics held throughout the academic year by the CTSC and IBC
- Guidelines for Responsible Data Management in Scientific Research Guidelines outlined and funded by the Office of Research Integrity, US Department of Health and Human Services
Select Funding Agency Requirements
- WCMC Institutional Research Data Retention and Access Policy
- WCMC CTSC Research Data Retention and Sharing Policy
- NIH Data Sharing and Implementation Guidelines Specific guidelines for grant applications through the NIH
- NIH Sharing Policies by Institute Full list of NIH policies by institute
- NIH Grant Data Sharing Workbook This workbook shows how investigators working in a variety of scientific areas have shared their data.
- NIH Data Sharing FAQ Frequently asked questions regarding the NIH Data Sharing Requirements
- NSF Data Guidelines Specific guidelines for grant applications through the NSF
- DMP Tool Creating data management plans
- Research Data Management Services Group Resources and services at Cornell for data management
- REDCap HIPAA compliant data collection
- Computing for Researchers Resources provided by WCMC ITS
- WCMC Applied Bioinformatics Core Computational resources, data lifecycle management and bioinformatics consulting