As of January 14, 2013, the NSF changed their rules for reporting your accomplishments. This is “including but not limited to publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights” (NSF Grant proposal guidelines Chapter II.C.2.f(i)(c)).
Your data now counts as a product. It needs to be both citable and accessible. Making a plan for managing data before beginning a research project and then following that plan throughout the research lifecycle is essential to ensure usability, preservation, and access to the data.
The UCLA Library (through the California Digital Library UC Curation Center) offers a range of services and advice for creating data management plans.
|Many funding agencies, such as the NSF, require a data management plan. DMPTool is an online data management planning tool to help guide researchers through the process of creating a data management plan.|
|EZID: A service for researchers and others to obtain and manage long-term identifiers for digital content including data, which makes digital objects easier to access and verify, thus increasing re-use and citations; UCLA researchers should email requests for EZIDs.|
|DataUp: An open source tool helping researchers document, manage, and archive their tabular data, DataUp operates within the scientist’s workflow and integrates with Microsoft® Excel.|
|Merritt: Repository service that enables UC users to manage, archive, and share digital content including data; can be used for long-term preservation, sharing, or meeting a grant’s data sharing and preservation requirements.|