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NSF outlines effective practices for data sharing. Agency policy requires awardees to share data collected as part of an award. Now NSF has identified several practices to make data usable by others and advance open science.

This Dear Colleague Letter describes and encourages effective practices for managing research data, including the use of persistent identifiers (IDs) for data and machine-readable data management plans (DMPs). The DMP requirement specifies that every proposal submitted to NSF must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages, titled “Data Management Plan.” This document should describe how activities described in the grant proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.


Dear Colleague Letter: Effective Practices for Data