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Open Data - Getting Started

Guide for faculty on Open Data resources, research data management, and library assistance.

Grant Funder Requirements and Journal Policies

Grant Funder Open Data Requirements:

See these lists for summaries of open data requirements, by agency/ organization:

Publisher/ Journal Open Data Policies:

See the journal author submission guidelines for specific journal information.

Disciplinary professional associations may also make their own recommendations:

Sample open data policies from major publishers:

Data Management Plans (DMP) Resources and Examples

Data Management Plan (DMP) resources:

DMP Examples:

DMP Management using Statistical Software:

DMP Online Tools:

Open Science Framework: Open source software for collaborating, project management, workflow, research products, and repository

SEAD: Open source software for collaborating, project and metadata management, and easily publishing data to ICPSR repositories


A free online service for creating funder required data management plans --created through a collaboration of California Digital Library and DataONE.

Software Tools Catalog: Browse or search for software tools to help you with data management, and more. From DataONE.

Library Assistance

Librarians can help with data management planning:

  • Reviewing or co-authoring data management plan sections of grant applications
  • Considering what information would need to be captured in order to help others discover, understand or make use of the data, as well as how that information could be captured and presented
  • Connecting researcher to other resources on campus to help with technical, privacy, or analysis considerations
  • Investigating online tools to help in research data management

(Adapted and modified from University of Michigan Library, Research Data Services: