A documented sequence of intended actions to identify and secure resources and gather, maintain, secure, and utilize data holdings comprise a Data Management Plan. This also includes the procurement of funding and the identification of technical and staff resources for full lifecycle data management. Once the data needs are determined, a system to manage the data can then be developed.
Data Management Plans
Planning for a project involves making decisions about data resources and potential products. A Data Management Plan describes what data will be acquired; how the data will be managed, described, and stored; what standards will be used; and more.
Data Stewardship: Roles and Responsibilities
Stewardship is the careful, responsible management of something entrusted to one's care on behalf of others. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of data stewards at the USGS.