Data Management Planning

Through the leadership of Data Conservancy, the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) created a service to assist JHU researchers with research data management planning.  This service, JHU Data Management Services (JHU DMS), has developed a questionnaire which builds on work accomplished by the Data Conservancy and addresses the main elements of data management plans.  Although initially created to help with the creation of NSF data management plans, the questionnaire is now used more generally across funding entities. It is not intended to address the specific elements or requirements of a particular solicitation, which may identify additional conditions.


JHUDMS personnel have found that Principal Investigators are able to create a thorough and well-organized first version of their data management plan using this questionnaire.  Through substantive dialogue and iteration, the PI and JHUDMS personnel create two-page data management plans that capture the relevant elements and consider optimal long-term preservation and sharing solutions for that particular research project.  Although JHUDMS may recommend a data management solution that uses the JHU Data Archive, an instance of the Data Conservancy Software, the questionnaire is general enough that it could be used for any data management service provider.


Information about funder’s data management requirements is available at


For further information about using the questionnaire or the steps taken in its development, please contact JHU Data Management Services at