US Department of Energy Office of Science to Require Data Management Plans

The US Department of Energy has revised its stance on research digital data management. As of October 1 in 2013, all proposals submitted to the DoE Office of Science for research funding will require a Data Management Plan. Based on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, the new standards will focus on data preservation and re-use.

The preliminary data management plan requirements are listed in a presentation available online. They include a mandatory written plan detailing data preservation access. These data resulting from the proposed research funded by the DoE will need to be digitally accessible at time of publication as an information supplement.

The US Department of Energy Office of Science plans to have a full policy statement published by mid-summer.

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