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Research Data Management

Background and links to more information about data management issues.

Data Management Planning (DMPs)

Create a data management plan with the DMPTool

Data management plans are critical for compliance on most sponsored projects, and will save you time and resources throughout your project.

The DMPTool is on online tool to help you write a data management plan using templates with specific funder requirements.  Select "Get Started", locate Dartmouth in the pull down menu, and access Dartmouth specific information and help, along with templates from funding agencies, models and advice.

The DMPTool also provide general guidance on

Meet funder requirements

Federal funding agencies are now required to put in place systems that will provide public access to the results of funded research. 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum on Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research on August 25, 2022 that provides new guidance on data sharing, access, reusability, persistent identifiers (PIDs), and coverage. The NIH has issued a Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy , effective January 25, 2023, to promote the sharing of scientific data.

Research sponsors have very different requirements so it’s best to verify requirements at the agency level, from your specific directorate, or to look for information on your RFP. SPARC’s (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)  Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency is a community resource for tracking, comparing, and understanding both current and future U.S. federal funder research data sharing policies.

Two initiatives have begun to address implementation of funding agencies requirements:

  • SHARE  - free and open dataset about research and scholarly activities

  • CHORUS - agencies and publishers deliver public access to published articles

Contact or your subject librarian for help determining your data sharing requirements.

Request a DMP review

We help faculty, student, and staff researchers to craft their DMPs and consult on best practices on managing, storing, and sharing your research data. 

For help with your DMP or to request a review, email us at  You can also contact us through the DMPTool to request a review or ask questions.