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Data Management

This guide contains resources for student and faculty researchers who wish to create a robust data management plan for their research data.


Why write a DMP?

A data management plan (DMP) will help you meet certain grant or funder requirements for research. A good DMP can also streamline data management and sharing throughout the research process. 

What is a DMP?

A data management plan is a formal document that outlines what you will do with your data during and after a research project. Most researchers collect data with some form of plan in mind, but it's often inadequately documented and incompletely thought out.

How can the library help?

Your librarians are there to collaborate with you to ensure the management, access, and storage of your data.

We're prepared to provide solutions for:

  • Identifying grant funder requirements
  • Long term preservation of your data
  • ELN development
  • File formatting and metadata assignment
  • Data publication and sharing
  • Privacy and copyright consultations


Poor data management can have serious consequences. Retraction Watch documents some of the real-world consequences of inattention to data management best practices in research.

Research Data Management LifeCycle

      Research data management lifecycle illustration

Data Quick Guide

Funding Requirements


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