As stated in the U.S. Department of Treasury Notice of Award for MBRACE, there is a need for a comprehensive mechanism to preserve, discover, and access data and information resulting from research activities funded through the RESTORE Act. In recognizing the need to support the responsible management of scientific information, data management goals for MBRACE are to ensure that:
Data are properly collected and documented,
Data are made accessible by providing free, open access to real-time, near real-time, and legacy data collected to the greatest extent practicable, with only a few exceptions to protect publications, student theses, provisional and physical sample data, and proprietary commercial data, and
Data are preserved for future use in a long-term archival facility.
The MBRACE Data Management Plan can be accessed here.
MBRACE is using the data management system created by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) for long-term data storage. Information about GRIIDC can be found on their website.