Grant funding agencies are increasingly requiring applicants to submit a data management plan as part of written proposals. Data management, however, goes beyond the plan submitted to a funding body to encompass the steps taken throughout the research process to ensure the longevity and usefulness of a data set.
Create a two page data management plan to include in your next grant application with the Data Management Plan Tool (DMPTool). The tool will walk you through a series of questions that the DMP must address, customized to the requirements of the funder. The DMPTool provides guidance in answering those questions, and creates an exportable data management plan based on your responses. Click on the icon to get started. When you log in and select Vanderbilt as your institution, the tool will use your VUnetID to create an account for you.
In the article Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re)use your data, the authors describe good practices for making a dataset easy to reuse. Although they are writing for an audience in ecology and evolutionary biology, many of their recommendations are relevant to a broad range of data types and research disciplines. They discuss best practices for each of these steps:
White EP, Baldridge E, Brym ZT, Locey KJ, McGlinn DJ, et al. (2013). Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re)use your data. PeerJ PrePrints 1: e7v2 doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.7v2.