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Research Data Services: Data Management Planning

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Online Research Tools

Researchers may find the following tools useful in their work. Emphasis is given to free (or at least having free components) and online tools or services.

Data Management Planning:

  • DMPTool - The DMPTool provides a step-by-step interface for creating a Data Management Plan for NSF, NIH and many other funding agencies.

Electronic Lab Notebooks:

  • Open Science Framework - Interdisciplinary research project management and collaboration platform. Works with other services such as Figshare, Google Drive and Mendeley.
  • RSpace - An ELN for researchers to organize, manage and collaborate on their projects.
  • Hivebench - Biology-focused experiment, lab and project management.
  • ELM - Lab and project management system, collaboration, reference management.
  • Docollab - Project management system, collaboration.
  • Benchling - Life Sciences focused experiment, lab and project management.

Data Analysis/Visualization:

  • TableauPublic - Free version of their desktop and online data visualization platform. All data uploaded to TableauPublic is available to everyone on the Internet. The paid versions allow restricted access.
  • StatCrunch - Simple online data analysis and survey package.
  • Open HeatMap - Use spreadsheets from excel or Google to create maps and publish on the web.
  • Dataviz - Data visualization for time, geographic and comparative data.
  • OpenRefine - Data cleaning and exploration tool.

Directory of digital research tools:

Data Management and Sharing

Many funding agencies, particularly the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, require grant recipients to make their data public after a certain amount of time.  The exact specifications regarding who, when and how to publish your data vary depending on the funding directorate and the exact nature of your research. Nonetheless, there has been a fundamental shift from keeping the data private to making it public. To ensure the usability of the data and protection of the subjects participating in the study, grant applicants are required to submit a Data Management or Data Sharing Plan.

 

New NSF proposal guidelines go into effect!

 

Funding Agency Guidelines

Federal Agency Access Compliance - A comprehesive guide to federal public access policies

OSTP Responses - A table summarizing the Federal public access policies

 

DMPTool

 

Templates and Sample Data Management Plans

Research Data Services can assist you in writing a DMP for any funding agency.  Even if you are not required to complete a DMP, we highly recommend writing one just for your own use.

Syracuse University is now a partner in the DMP Tool from the California Digital Library.  The DMPTool provides a step-by-step interface for creating a DMP for NSF, NIH and many other funding agencies. You can create your DMP, save it, export it and even re-use it in future proposals. You also have the ability to allow your collaborators view or edit your DMP.

Here is a short video introducing DMPTool:

Researchers at SU wishing to use the DMPTool can do so by going to the DMPTool Login Page, selecting Syracuse University from the drop-down list, and signing in with their NetID and password.

DMPTool has a Quick Start Guide to assist you in creating your DMP.

DMPTool also has many publicly viewable DMPs for you to use as a starting point. You can also share your own successful DMPs with the public or just Syracuse University.

If you have any questions or need help using DMPTool or Data Management Planning in general, please contact Research Data Services.

Here are some other examples and help for writing a DMP: