This guide will provide general information about data management, including the creation of data management plans (DMPs). Explore the tabs across the top of this page to learn more about DMP resources, metadata, and data storage options.
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The file format in which you keep your data is a primary factor in one's ability to use your data in the future.
Formats that are more likely to be accessible in the future are:
If your data do not have the characteristics mentioned above, you might consider migration into a format that does. A few examples of suggested conversions can be found below.
There are no uniform standards and requirements for DMPs to date, but some of the key elements are highlighted below.
Research data generated while individuals are pursuing research studies as faculty, staff, or students of the University of Houston, and data generated by visiting scientists utilizing the facilities of the University of Houston, are to be retained by the institution for a period of three (3) years after submission of the final report on the research project for which the data were collected, unless a longer retention period is specified by the sponsor.
The original research data may be retained by the senior investigator on behalf of the institution but must be returned to the institution upon request of an appropriate institutional official. Additionally, such data must be available to representatives of external sponsors of the research or designated governmental officials, when such access is appropriate. Such data must not be disposed of during the time period referenced above unless explicit written approval for such disposition is received from the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost or a designee of such individual.
The entire policy may be found on the Division of Research Website UH Data Retention Policy