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Data Management and Sharing

This guide provides current resources available to the Brown University community for management, and, when appropriate, sharing of research data as required by funders and journals. Contact for assistance

DMPTool []

Brown University is a member of the DMPTool. Select Brown University from the dropdown list and log-in using your Brown credentials. The DMPTool provides templates for federal funders requiring a data management plan (DMP) as well as several private/foundation funders. Select your funder from the list and then click 'Create Plan'; the tool allows you to draft plans directly in your account and guides you through writing each section. You can save plans as well as export copies into several document and machine-readable formats. Contact for assistance with using DMPTool.

Funder Data Sharing Policies

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

Brown is a supporting member of SPARC, which has compiled a list of all federal funding agencies' data sharing polices. Browse your federal agency funder data sharing policy.

Machine-Readable DMPs

In 2019 the NSF recommended incorporating machine-readable/actionable elements in data management plans (DMPs), enabling DMPs to be living documents that can be updated over the life of a project. In addition to the above to create and export a machine-readable file format, consider these tools for obtaining unique and persistent identifiers for element within your DMP.

1.) Use the DMPTool [] to write and export a DMP in a machine-readable file format.

2.) Assign new or use pre-existing Resource Identifiers (RRIDs) for methods, materials, software and repositories from the Resource Identification Portal []

3.) Sign up for an ORCiD [, which is a unique identifier for your name 

4.) Assign your DMP a digital object identifier (DOI) [] for each version you create and update, and

5.) Deposit your original DMP and subsequent versions in theBrown Digital Repository (BDR) [] or other repository you have chosen along with deposited protocols, data, and code files. 

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