Funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation have recently begun to require that all research proposals include a data management plan. This is in part the result of the recognition that often the data generated by current scholarship is not always properly managed; much too frequently, there is a lack of proper data management planning, as well as a lack of appropriate institutional infrastructure to support data management activities.
The NSF, as well as other funding agencies, is now seeking to ensure that research data is properly managed and where appropriate, made available for re-use. Institutions whose researchers develop strong data management plans for their grant proposals will be at a competitive advantage against proposals that do not have well developed data management plans.
The Arizona Scholarly Data Summit provides an opportunity for researchers and faculty to learn about national efforts to address data management support, as well as local efforts to provide that support here at the University of Arizona.