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In January 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) instituted a requirement that all funding proposals submitted to that agency must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages called a "Data Management Plan" (DMP). The DMP should describe how the funding proposal conforms to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. The NSF policy became government policy in February 2013, when the White House Office of Scientific and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies on increasing access to the results of federally funded scientific research. Among other things, the memorandum requires federal agencies to develop policies aimed at increasing public access to journal articles and research data (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostp_public_access_memo_2013.pdf).
This template is intended to help Auburn University researchers draft effective data management plans for the NSF and other funding agencies with similar requirements. The template addresses the six points mentioned in the original NSF guidelines: roles and responsibilities, types of data, data formats and metadata, policies for public access, policies and provisions for re-use and re-distribution, and plans for archiving and preservation.