Data Management Help

How Should I Care For My Data?

Submit Your Research Data to a Digital Repository

Please submit your research data and reports to one of the many repositories designed to care for and provide access to such information.

Data from a variety of scientific disciplines: Dryad Digital Repository

Earth Observational Data: Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)

Why Do I Need a Data Management Plan?

Some U.S. funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health require researchers to supply Data Management Plans (DMP) which provide detailed information about how the research data will be managed and preserved.  Even if you are not required to develop a data management plan by your funding agency or if you do not have an external funding source, consulting DMP resources can help you learn about the various issues related to data curation and management, which will enable you to better care for your own data.

The following resources can help you create a DMP:

  • Data Management Plan Tool by the California Digital Library, DataONE, Digital Curation Centre (UK), Smithsonian Institution, University of California, Los Angeles Library, University of California, San Diego Libraries, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia Library
  • Simplified Data Management Plan by the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School and the George C. Gordon Library, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Use page 21 of “Frameworks for a Data Management Curriculum” report to go over the basics.

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