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Digital Preservation

Research Data Management

A data management plan (DMP) is increasingly required for grant applications, but it’s also good practice in general to ensure ongoing accessibility of your data over time. Keep the basic digital preservation principles on the first page of this guide in mind as you create and store your data.

If you are writing a grant which requires a DMP, we strongly recommend you contact your departmental library liaison, Academic Computing Systems liaison, the Digital Preservation Librarian (, and the Head of VCL’s Digital Scholarship and Technology ( early on in the process. This will allow us to create a plan which is tailored to the unique needs of your particular project.

Data Management Planning: Writing a DMP - This guide by Vassar College Libraries Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Nicole Scalessa is a good starting point for beginning to develop a DMP for grant applications. 
Digital Preservation at Vassar - Details about our digital preservation practices here at Vassar. If you are planning to preserve your data with the Libraries, this will give you an overview of the methods and tools we use.
DMPTool - A useful tool which walks the user through the process of creating a DMP. Log in with your Vassar user name and password.
Data Management Planning Guide at NYU - An extensive guide with lots of advice and resources for managing your research data.