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Data Management Plan (DMP) Guide

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Geological Survey Research Data Requirements

In effect October 1, 2016.

Highlights of USGS requirements:

Applies to:

  • Research conducted directly by USGS or by others using USGS funding,
  • Published externally by USGS scientists or extramural USGS funded scientists.
  • Published by the USGS.

Digital research data (those data used to support the scholarly conclusions) must:

  • Be made available free-of-charge for public access.
  • Access must be available before or simultaneously with, the associated publication.
  • Be accompanied by a data management plan (DMPs) detailing such information as acquisition method, quality assurance, security, disposition.


  • Physical objects (e.g., laboratory samples).

USGS Data Management Plans


  • Use appropriate data repositories to enable long-term access and preservation.
    • All intramural data acquired with USGS funds is stored and managed in one of the USGS trusted repositories or dark archives. 
    • All data acquired by USGS funded extramural scientist will be stored and managed in accordance with the data management plan that is part of the research proposal.
  • Stress the importance of non-proprietary, open formats for improved accessibility. 
  • Data approved for release require preservation and access. There are no exceptions.
    • Describe how to maximize access while protecting privacy, confidential, and proprietary and intellectual property rights, and will balance value and cost of long-term preservation and access.
  • Estimates of data management and data release costs.


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