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Contributing Data to NDACAN

Contributor Data Management Plan Guidelines

Designating NDACAN as an Archive for Your Data

Data sharing and data management requirements are becoming more prevalent among research funders. Recently, both the NIH and NSF have added data management planning to their proposal requirements.

Depositing your data with NDACAN can facilitate long-term preservation and provide researchers access to your data for secondary analysis. Research has demonstrated an increased citation rate for publications whose investigators share data (Piwowar, Day, & Fridsma, 2007).

Founded in 1988, NDACAN is a trustworthy repository of child maltreatment data. Our archival staff are familiar with the preservation and dissemination practices particular to child maltreatment data. These include confidentiality, data security, preservation formats, copyright, and current trends in digital archiving, among others.

If you are interested in archiving your data at NDACAN, please contact us at to schedule a conference call where we will discuss your proposed research, data, and plan. If it is determined the data fit within the scope of the NDACAN data collection, we may provide a letter of support describing NDACANs commitment to archiving the data as described in the proposal. We will also continue to offer data management consultation over the course of your project.

Recommended Elements of a Data Management Plan

The elements for inclusion in a data management plan have not been standardized. For grant writers we provide a template below to create a data management plan with language specific to archiving with NDACAN, including key elements as recommended by the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data.

A particular funding source may have its own guidelines and length limitations.