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This guide is intended to support researchers who want to effectively manage their data. It is equally important for researchers to understand newer requirements from grant funding agencies for managing research data and the research data life-cycle. 

A variety of offices across campus can provide assistance in data management. For assistance in writing a data management plan or with data curation, please contact your subject specialist. Or contact


    Submissions Sought for Student Data Curation Research Paper Competition

    The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) invites original student submissions for a research paper competition on data curation. 

    The competition encourages and highlights exemplary student research on data curation, including, but not limited to, such topics as:

    • Data management planning
    • Support of the data curation lifecycle
    • Metadata
    • Data confidentiality
    • Preservation
    • Cost modeling

    It is open to all undergraduate, master's, or PhD students, and recent graduates who graduated on or after April 1, 2013. Entrants may be from the US or outside the US.

    This contest is new in 2014 and was initiated with the help of longtime ICPSR Official Representative Libbie Stephenson.

    The first-place winner receives $1,000; second place, $750.

    The submission deadline is May 30, 2014.

    Additional Information


      Why Create a Data Management Plan?

      Why do you need a data management plan?

      • Many funding agencies require data management plans to ensure future access to grant supported research data.
      • Ensure that your data will be accessible and usable in the future.
      • Create and maintain a permanent archive of the data that supports your research findings.
      • Provide enhanced access to your publications.

      What is in a data management plan?

      • Description of types of data, samples, and physical collections you will be creating.
      • Standards you will use for your data and the metadata that will describe it.
      • Policies for sharing, accessing, and re-using your data.
      • Methods for archiving and preserving your data.

      A data management plan (DMP) is a maximum of two pages long. If you do not write a DMP, you must instead submit a statement explaining why one is not needed.


        Lifecycle of Digital Research Data

        While there are many ways of looking at the data life cycle, this particular image emphasizes the repurposing and re-use of data, which is a driving force behind the success of data intensive science and the reason why data management has been deemed so important.

        Source: Humphrey, Charles. (2006). “e-Science and the life cycle of research.” Retrieved 23 January 2011 from


        Support for Data Management

        Contact Information

        Subject Specialists


        Amanda Tarbet
        Barbara Mento
        Enid Karr
        Margaret Cohen
        Sally Wyman
        Sarah Hogan
        Wanda Anderson
        Xiaoyan Song


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