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A DMP will help you to properly manage your data for your own use, meet funder requirements, and enable data sharing in the future. A DMP describes the structure and nature of the data as well as the activities and technical requirements to gather, merge, transfer, organize, document, analyze and preserve research data.
Why does a DMP matter? Plan ahead to avoid the "Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts"
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Metadata is used for search, retrieval, and preservation of your research data.
If possible, use a metadata standard that is common to research in your field--for instance, FGDC for geospatial data or Darwin Core for biological studies. This resource provides links to metadata standards for a wide variety of disciplines: Disciplinary Metadata.
Generic Metadata Schemata
If you cannot use a discipline-specific metadata standard, try to use a generic metadata schema such as Dublin Core or DataCite Metadata Schema.
Additional guidance on documenting your data: