In August 2016 that NASA released a public web portal for NASA funded research results. The portal will be fully functional beginning Fall 2016. In addition the accompanying website includes content that spells out the newest Data Management Planning (DMP) requirements for NASA-funded Research.

These requirements and the policy to share research data openly extend to all programs as well as intra and extramural researchers, unless otherwise restricted for sensitivity and security reasons. The more specific overarching components of the DMP requirements are spelled out in a formal document made available via the website.

The DMP should include the following components:

  • Listing Data types
  • Addressing standards for format and content
  • Discussion of policies for accessing and sharing
  • Discussion of policies for reuse, distribution, and derivative production
  • Discussion of plans for access
  • Discussion of plans for archiving and sharing

This new policy took effect January of 2015 and we recognize that many of our JHU Researchers are already aware and/or in compliance of these policies. NASA mentions the creation of an agency-wide template, but none such document is yet available via their web content.

At this time, we are writing to make sure that all JHU researchers involved with NASA research (or interested in applying for NASA funding) are aware of this new web material and our services. We would like to offer any assistance that we can provide as data management consultants to help individuals and groups prepare a data management plan, prepare data for depositing in a data repository, or to answer any questions that you might have about data management and sharing overall.

Feel free to contact us at datamanagement@jhu.edu for more information and to schedule a consultation.