NUE: BRIDGING THE NANO GAP
DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN
What data wil be generated?
This project is designed primarily as an educational intervention rather than a research project per se.
However because the goal is to provide a foundation for future research studies, the data wil be
managed as for a research project. The measures and approaches wil likely qualify for exemption from
IRB review under 45 CFR 46.101(b)(2), and the research plan wil be submitted for review as appropriate
by the Colorado School of Mines Office of Research Administration.
Data will consist of notes and transcriptions of discussions, audio recordings and transcriptions of focus
groups, reports and reviews, summaries, curricular materials, assessment instruments, and both
quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the impact of the educational intervention on the students.
Materials wil all be created de novo or transcribed into standard Microsoft Office applications (Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint). For the purpose of wider, long-term access, primary documents will be
converted at regular intervals into pdf documents.
More specifically, data for each phase of the project wil include:
Phase I (Advisory Committee Discussions): Notes of discussions with project Advisory
Committee, list of elements for course content, assessment and pedagogical approaches,
Phase II (Curriculum Development): Draft, revised, and final version of curriculum (syllabus,
PowerPoint slides, laboratory procedures, course project descriptions); Reviews of curriculum by
Advisory Committee; Notes and/or transcriptions of focus group reviews of curriculum; Content
analysis of focus group discussions
Phase II (Outcome Assessments): Assessment instruments (pre- and post- course surveys,
focus group protocols) and reports that summarize, analyze and discuss quantitative and
qualitative data collected for evaluation of the impact of the educational intervention.
What is your plan for managing the data?
Audience for Data: The course curriculum will be of primary educational interest to those with an
interest in nanotechnology and/or humanitarian engineering undergraduate education. It is anticipated
that individuals with an ongoing interest in these areas wil download and use the curricular materials to
deliver courses at their own institutions. The assessment instruments, proposed measurable outcomes,
and other data wil be of primary research interest to those who wish to study the effectiveness of
nanotechnology and/or humanitarian engineering education interventions.
Access and Sharing: The educational and research data resulting from this project wil be made
available for use by both educators and researchers as soon as completed and no later than the
conclusion of the project. These materials, available as standard Microsoft Office files, pdf documents,
and tab-delimited files, will be widely and freely disseminated minimally via:
Colorado School of Mines institutional repository at the Digital Collections of Colorado website
(http://digitool.library.colostate.edu); National Science Digital Library (www.nsdl.org); and “NanoHUB”
Format: Submission: Primary data will al be created de novo or transcribed into standard Microsoft Office
(Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) files. Storage and Access: Files wil be stored and available both in
original format and as pdf documents. In the case of answers to forced-choice and open-ended survey
questions, data wil be stored both in pdf and tab-delimited formats for the purpose of subsequent
Ethics and Privacy: Whether or not required as a condition of IRB approval, an informed consent
process wil include language to ensure that all participants understand that these data are being
generated for the purpose of sharing with the research community. Data from this project are unlikely to
pose a risk for disclosure; however, to further protect participants, data wil be de-identified before long-
term storage. Focus groups wil be audio recorded and then transcribed verbatim; however, the
participants wil be assigned pseudonyms to protect their identity. The original audio recordings wil be
destroyed directly following the transcription process.
Intel ectual Property Rights: During the conduct of this project, all ownership rights rest with the
institution (Colorado School of Mines). The sharing of research results wil be consistent with institutional
policies governing intellectual property, copyright and the dissemination of research products. On
completion of the project, the intention is that all data and materials should be freely available for use by
the research community.
Storage and Backup: To ensure ongoing and long-term security of the data generated by this project, a
complete copy of materials wil be generated and stored independently on primary and backup sources
for both the PI and Co-PI (as data are generated) and with all members of the Advisory Committee (every
Archiving and Preservation: On completion of the project, the PI and Co-PI, in consultation with the
Advisory Committee, wil identify which project materials are of probable long-term interest for archiving
and preservation. Materials wil be anonymized or de-identified as appropriate, converted to searchable
pdf document format, stored locally on Colorado School of Mines computers (institutional repository) and
copied and distributed to all members of the Advisory Committee. Further archiving is available by
submitting appropriate materials and metadata to NanoHUB. For additional discovery to a broader
audience descriptive metadata will be submitted to the National Science Digital Library, a repository
serving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Because this project is not a
primary research project, it is less important that data be retained indefinitely; however, it is reasonable to
assume that these baseline data wil inform future research sufficiently soon that secure and complete
retention wil be needed for up to three years.