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Data Management  

Tools, tips and checklists for creating a data management plan and managing data you generate.
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Reasons to Manage and Publish Your Data

  • Increase the visibility of your research: Making your data available to other researchers.
  • Save time: Planning for your data management needs ahead of time will save you time and resources in the long run.
  • Preserve your data: Doing so safeguards your investment of time and resources (including any work done for you by graduate students) and preserves your unique contribution to research.
  • Meet grant requirements: Many funding agencies now require that researchers deposit in an archive data which they collect as part of a research project.
  • Facilitate new discoveries: Enabling other researchers to use your data reinforces open scientific inquiry and can lead to new and unanticipated discoveries. 
  • Support Open Access: Researchers are becoming increasingly more aware of the need to manage their work and consider issues of scholarly communication. The Open Data movement advocates for researchers to share their data in order to foster the development of knowledge.

Funder Requirements

Data management is the new hot topic for researchers. The NSF and NIH have both incorporated as part of their grants the need for a data management plan. In order to receive a grant you need to show you have a plan for the data. The Open Data push has made this a reality now.

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Librarians as Data Partners

Interested in starting a data program?

Stephanie Ferretti

Etheldra Templeton

Christine Davidian

Skye Bickett





Funding Information

  • Health Research Funding
    designed to bring researchers with peer-reviewed, worthwhile, unfunded projects together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources.
  • National Science Foundation
  • Federal Funding Database
  • NIH Office of Extramural Research
  • IRIS Database
    Federal and private funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
    RePORTER (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) combines NIH project databases and funding records, PubMed abstracts, full-text articles from PubMed Central, and information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with a robust search engine, allowing users to locate descriptions and funding details on NIH-funded projects along with research results that cite the NIH support.
  • CDC NPIN - Funding Search
  • NCCAM - National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    NIH Center charged with funding rigorous scientific research into CAM therapies, training researchers, and disseminating information. Excellent fact sheets background and overview information, info on clinical trials, funding requirements, etc.


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