The University of Arizona

Data Management Plans

Since 1999's amendment to OMB (U.S. Office of Management and Budget) Circular A-110 requiring research data produced with Federal funding to be made publicly available, Data Management Plans (DMP) have become part of proposals for extramural funding at multiple Federal funding agencies and some foundations. On February 22, 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research" memorandum. This memo directed federal agencies with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to make the direct results of federally funded scientific research available and useful to the public, industry, and scientific community. 

UA Resources for Data Management

The University of Arizona Libraries - Data Management Resources provides help with locating and utilizing numeric, statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data; provides access to Federal depository publications as well as UA Data Repositories and campus resources, such as the UA Data Center. In addition, UA Libraries' Data Management Resources include information on the most up-to-date Funding Agency Requirements in response to the February 22, 2013 OSTP memo, including access to Federal Open Access Summary, a crowd-sourced spreadsheet collecting the consolidated guidelines from federal agencies.

Data Management Plan Tutorial is available from the UA Libraries. The tutorial covers all aspects of a data management plan, including guidance on identifying what types of data will be produced or used; how to record and document the data and metadata; licensing, publication, and sharing of data; and data preservation and storage.

For more information, contact Chris Kollen, Data Curation Librarian.

Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool)

Researchers who are applying for grants that require data management plans (DMP) can use the DMPTool, a service of the University of California Curation Center, to help write the plan. Based on the information entered, the tool will generate a customized DMP for submission with a grant application. For reference, the DMPTool provides example plans and requirements templates from a variety of funding sources. In addition, the DMPTool provides general guidance for data management, including types of data, metadata formats, storage and security, and more. 

The University of Arizona is a DMPTool partner organization, permitting investigators to customize their DMP utilizing UA resources. When accessing DMPTool, researchers should click on “Log In,” in the upper right corner of the page; then select University of Arizona from the list; select Next>> and use their UA NetID and password to login.

Additional Agency Specificy Guidance

Below are data management requirements and resources for some UA faculty's largest federal funders. For a complete list, see the UA Libraries Funding Agency Requirements page.