The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the latest federal agency to implement a data management or data sharing requirement. "All DOT-funded research proposals, intramural and extramural, must include a supplementary document labeled "Data Management Plan" (DMP). In addition to providing long-term Digital Data Set preservation and storage location information, such DMPs may also discuss why long-term preservation and/or Public Access cannot be justified, if applicable. In the DMP, researchers will propose their strategy(ies) to deposit Digital Data Sets resulting from DOT-funded Scientific Research in a repository that enables and allows for Public Access and sharing." Official DOT Public Access Plan v1.1 December 16, 2015 pdf
How does the DOT define a DMP? The data management plan (DMP) is a document created and submitted for approval as part of the research proposal. It describes your proposed plan for how to handle the final dataset generated during your research. The DMP is a 2-3 page narrative description, covering these areas:
Elements of the data management plans (DMPs) include the following 5 areas:
The DOT provides guidance on the Creating Data Management Plans for Extramural Research webpage. There is a corresponding webpage on Creating Data Management Plans for Intramural Research which applies only for DOT researchers.
Your plan must identify a repository for your data that is accessible by the National Transportation Library (NTL); your metadata will be included in DOT Enterprise Data Inventory. The DOT Public Access web page provides a quick summary of the basics for researchers. More in-depth information is available in the Public Access Plan FAQs.
DOT provides a How to Comply checklist identifying a set of steps you will need to take before the start of your project, during the project, and after it is completed.
Do you have any questions or need assistance understanding the DOT requirements? We can help you with selecting an appropriate repository, answering questions about managing your rights or using a data license, requesting an embargo extension, applying the metadata schema to your data, and drafting and reviewing your data management plan. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.