The "Standards" element of your data management and sharing plan should include the following details:
Data standards can take the following forms:
The following table shows examples of data standards required or encouraged by NIH-supported data repositories. Data repositories typically provide detailed data submission instructions on their websites. These instructions should include data standard expectations for submitters.
|Data Standard||Type of Standard||Applicable NIH Data Repository|
|Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS)||Data format||OpenNeuro|
|Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)||Data format||Medical Imaging Data Resource Center (MIDRC)|
|Minimum Information About a Microarray Experiment (MIAME) and Minimum Information About a High Throughput Sequencing Experiment (MINSEQE)*||Metadata||Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)|
|NMR Self-Defining Text Archive and Retrieval Format (NMR-STAR)||Data format||Biological Magnetic Resonance Data Bank (BMRB)|
*MIAME and MINSEQE are part of a collection of metadata standards called Minimum Information for Biological and Biomedical Investigations, which includes standards for reporting multiple types of experiments (e.g., those involving metabolomics, cardiac electrophysiology, genotyping, T-cell assays, metagenomics, immunohistochemistry, RNAi, flow cytometry, etc.).
The DMPTool's section on the "Standards" element of your data management and sharing plan includes only one text box for specifying the standards that will be applied to the data and metadata related to your project.
Accompanying this box is sample language for cases with existing, formal data standards and cases without such standards. The "Standards" section also includes considerable guidance from NIH, JHU, and the DMPTool.
See the "Planning Step 5: Consider Using the DMPTool to Write Your DMS Plan" page of this guide for more about the DMPTool.