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Research Data Management: What is Data Management?

Creating Data Management Plans

Link to DMPTool

The DMP Tool can be used to prepare data management plans required in grant proposals by specific funding agencies.

Click the Get Started! button, select Emory University from the pull-down menu, enter your Emory Network ID and password, and create a new plan. The tool will walk you through each section, allowing you to save and revisit your plans.

Link to DMPTool video

Research Data Management at Emory

Documentation of developments supporting research data management at Emory University Libraries:

Research Data Management

Many funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), require a data management plan as a component of grant applications. This requirement encourages researchers to consider in greater detail how their data will be preserved and shared.

Depending on the particular research community, data can include spreadsheets, images, videos, audio files, text files, models, computer software and code, patient records, interview transcripts, survey results, field/lab notes, and physical objects such as artifacts and samples.   

Benefits of Research Data Management

Organizing, preserving, and sharing data will:

  • improve data integrity.
  • prevent data loss due to workforce turnover or hardware/software transitions.
  • avoid unnecessary duplication of research efforts.
  • help validate research findings.
  • enhance the visibility of a researcher's work.
  • lead to repurposing of data beyond its original intended use.
  • ensure that the results of publicly-funded research become public property.

Research Data Lifecycle

Research Data Lifecycle

© UK Data Archive Research Data Lifecycle

See the UKDA website for more information about effectively managing and sharing data.

Research Data Librarian

Jennifer Doty
Scholarly Communications Office
Woodruff Library, 2nd Floor
404-727-0498 (P)

Need Help?

Need assistance with preparing a data management plan for a grant application? Looking for guidance on how to manage your research data? Research Data Management services at Emory University can help. Please contact us at

Public Access Plans

Federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development funding are required to facilitate public access to federally funded research, per a directive from the White House in February 2013. As agencies release their plans and provide additional information about the requirements for grant applicants and awardees, we will track the details for Emory researchers at this site:

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