Many faculty are already aware of the fact that the NSF and other funding agencies are now requiring that grant applications include a “data management plan”. Last Spring, Jeho Park, our Scientific Computing Specialist wrote a report on data management plans, which is at http://goo.gl/XXdf8 (requires HMC credentials).
Jeho has also recently told me about the California Digital Library’s DMP Tool, which takes you step by step through the process of developing a data management plan. It is at this link: https://dmp.cdlib.org/. You can create an account at https://dmp.cdlib.org/institutional_login (choose “none of the above” under “select your institution”). Once you create your account and log in, the tool is pretty self-explanatory. [Update 2/2/15: these links are no longer active, but the tool is at https://dmptool.org/]
Several faculty that have tried it have reported to me that the found it useful.
If you are writing up a data management plan, I urge you to contact me. We can help with the specifics of how CIS systems are backed up and provide feedback on the plan.