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Research Data Management

This guide provides information on how to better manage and share research data in any discipline.

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NEH Data Management Plan

National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities requires that grant applications include a "Data Management Plan" of no more than two pages. Below is a summary of the components of the document that should be described. 

Contents of the NEH Data Management Plan 

The DMP should clearly articulate how sharing of primary data is to be implemented. It should outline the rights and obligations of all parties with respect to their roles and responsibilities in the management and retention of research data. It should also consider changes to roles and responsibilities that will occur if a project director or co-project director leaves the institution or project.

  • Expected data; describe the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, or other materials to be produced in the course of the project. It should then describe the expected types of data to be retained.
  • Period of data retention; In their DMP applicants should address how timely access will be assured.
  • Data formats and dissemination; describe data formats, media, and dissemination approaches that will be used to make data and metadata available to others. Policies for public access and sharing should be described, including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, and other rights or requirements. 
  • Data storage and preservation of access; describe physical and cyber resources and facilities that will be used to effectively preserve and store research data. These can include third-party facilities and repositories.


The DMPTool is an online resource to help researchers write data management plans for their research. Create an account on the DMPTool website and select "NEH" from the template drop-down menu to begin creating your NEH data management plan. 

Humanities Data Repositories

Data repositories accepting research data from the humanities for long term preservation and access:

Repository  Brief Description
Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD)

The Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD) features peer reviewed publications describing humanities data or techniques with high potential for reuse. Datasets can be deposited in the JOHD Dataverse repository.

Example dataset: Critical Reflections on Cinema Belgica: The Database for New Cinema History in Belgium

National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC)

The National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC) at ICPSR is a repository that facilitates research on arts and culture by acquiring data, particularly those funded by federal agencies and other organizations, and sharing those data with researchers, policymakers, people in the arts and culture field, and the general public. 

Example dataset: Jeffri, Joan. The New Jersey Dance Needs Assessment Project 2005 [New Jersey, United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: ICPSR, 2015-06-01

Social Media Archive

The Social Media Archive (SOMAR) at ICPSR provides a centralized and reliable repository for social media research data, and makes social media data accessible and useful to researchers like never before.  

Example dataset: Meta Platforms, Inc. Instagram Intervention Experiment Participants. ICPSR, 2023-07-27

Open Context

Open Context publishes archaeological and related research data, images, maps, field notes, 3D models, and more.

Example dataset: Neils 2017, Tesoro 18 - Northern Extension - Pottery from Europe/Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 18 Northern Extension


OSF is a free, open platform to support and publish your research and enable collaboration.

Example dataset:  Baldwin, D. (2020, October 27). Against All Odds: The First Black Legislators in Mississippi. OSF


Dryad is an open data publishing platform and a community committed to the open availability and routine re-use of all research data. UC Irvine is an institutional member of Dryad.

Example dataset: Christison, B; Tanke, D; Mallon, J (2020). Canada's first known dinosaurs: Palaeontology and collecting history of upper Cretaceous vertebrates in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1874-1889 [Dataset]. Dryad.