On May 10, 2010, the National Science Foundation announced that scientists seeking NSF funding would need to submit a 2-page data management plan starting around October 2010.

Currently, most NSF programs require PIs to include a data management plan. However, the structure and content of these requirements vary significantly. The new NSF requirement acknowledges the importance of digital scientific data for new discovery and innovation in data-intensive science. NSF connects the new requirement explicitly to the DataNet program in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure. More broadly, this new requirement is aligned with international trends referred to as eScience.

Scope Statement

Note: The end date for this effort has been extended to September 30 to allow time for important conversations with the UCB Library and with the California Digital Library.

By September 30, 2010, the project team will provide an early assessment of the NSF data management plan for the project sponsors. The brief analysis will document what the team has discovered in response to several key questions:

Information will be gathered from the following sources:

The project team will produce a strategic analysis of the space (e.g., in the form of a SWOT analysis).

Project Documents and Updates

Project charter (see attachment)

Current NSF requirements for scientific data management

Initial communication template and list

NSF scientific data management August 20 update

Notes from Educause presentation about Princeton's DataSpace service (9/1/2010)