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Analyzing Data Management Plans: Where Librarians Can Make a DifferenceSince January 18, 2011, any researcher applying to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grantmust include a data management plan (DMP) in their proposal. Many librarians have respondedto this mandate by establishing new data-related services. One potential area for engaging withresearchers in the grant proposal process is offering a DMP review service. In preparation foroffering a DMP review service, engineering librarians at this institution recently reviewedtwenty-nine different DMPs that have been part of successful NSF grant proposals submitted inearly 2014. The librarians analyzed the DMPs using three different sets of criteria: twodeveloped at this institution for the purpose of analyzing DMPs from Engineering and Literature,Science, and the Arts (LSA) faculty, and a rubric currently under development by the IMLSfunded Data management plan as a Research Tool (DART) project. The librarians had access tothis third set of criteria as its trial run.Analysis of the DMPs shows that the overall quality of DMPs in this institution varies greatly.Some common weaknesses in the DMPs are: no mention of roles and responsibilities; nomention of metadata standards that will be used; and not all DMPs include detailed,implementable plans for sharing and/or archiving data. Analysis of the DMPs also revealed gapsin the librarians’ knowledge of DMP requirements. The DART rubric used in this analysis makesexplicit the varying DMP requirements from the different NSF directorates. In addition todiscussing our various findings after this current set of analyses, we will compare our findings toa similar analysis of engineering DMPs from 2013, highlighting any changes in the quality ofDMPs. Looking toward a future where the outcome of grant proposals may be more dependenton the quality of the DMP, this analysis gives the engineering librarians in this institution afoundation for creating a DMP service in the coming year, and can inform other librarians whowish to develop a similar service at their institutions.
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