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Data Management & Planning

Services and expertise related to the management of research data are distributed throughout multiple units at Portland State University. These pages are the portal for finding and making use of these services to support your use of research data.


What is data management?

Data management is the development and execution of policies driving the life-cycle of your research data, from pre-research planning and grant-writing, to post-research data storage. This includes concerns about what data you'll be generating, how you will use, store, and protect it during your research, and what long-term archival and access strategy you will use. The Library, OIT, and Research & Sponsored Projects all provide support for different aspects of data management at PSU.


What is a data management plan?

A data management plan is a formal document that outlines what you will do with your data during and after you complete your research. It addresses the specifics of how and what data you will generate, how it will be secured during your research, and what mechanism you will use for its long-term preservation.


Why is this important?

Data management is increasingly important for scholarly research. A number of granting agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) now require data management plans as part of all funding applications, and a number of scholarly publications such as Science magazine, are requiring that data supporting the conclusions of a manuscript be openly available to their readers. At the same time, both Portland State University and scholarly disciplines have recognized that long-term preservation and access to research data are critical concerns that data management is capable of addressing.

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