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Open @ Wellesley: Data Management Planning

Guide for aggregating information about open access resources.

What is a Data Management Plan?

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that describes to you, your funder(s), and anyone involved in aspects of your research data's life cycle how you will:

  • collect, organize, and manage your data
  • store, backup, and secure your data, and
  • preserve, and provide access to your data.


Federal funders (e.g. NSF, NIH, NASA, etc.) require a DMP as part of your grant proposal.  More information about these particular policies is available here.

Data Management Plan Tool!

DMPTool LogoGet started on your Data Management Plan using the DMPTool.  This tool has templates based on different funding agency requirements and will walk you step-by-step through the important sections of a DMP.

Never written a DMP before or used the DMPTool?  Want to improve a boilerplate DMP so it's actually useful?

Never fear!  Contact Jillian Amaral, Science Librarian, for a consultation. 

Data Storage

Pre-Publication Data Storage Options

Consult the Data Storage Guide to determine the appropriate storage options for your data.  In general:

  • Confidential Data (Personal Information): store on Vault
  • Confidential Data (Protected Health Information): store on Vault or Google Apps
  • Restricted Data: store on Google Apps, or Sakai.
  • Public Data: store on Google Apps, Sakai, your local disk, or portable media

Consult the Data Classification Table to learn more about data categories.

Consult the Data Storage Tools document to learn more about storage options and how to access them.

For more information about data security, consult the Written Information Security Program policy.

To request storage on Vault, fill out the File Storage Request Form.


Post-Publication Data Storage Options

Request a consultation with Jillian Amaral to determine external storage options for your data after publication.