Research Data Management
Learn more about data management in this Research Guide.If you have observational, experimental, simulation, derived or compiled data, we can help:
- Assist you in developing and writing your data management plan and make sure you have included types of data, standards, policies for access and sharing, archiving and preservation plans;
- Teach a workshop so your research team or students know how to organize and manage data;
- Connect you with other VCU groups that can help with the storage, security and analysis of your data;
- Identify data repositories to preserve and/or share your data, such as the new VCU institutional repository, VCU Scholars Compass
- Suggest metadata and documentation to make your data searchable and assure you are credited.
Contact Margaret Henderson, Director, Research Data Management to get help with your data.
- DMPTool for VCU researchers – A step-by-step template to help you prepare data management plans or data sharing plans for NSF, NIH, DOE and other funders’ grants.
- Data Management Workshops. Check the VCU Libraries calendar or the VCU Libraries home page Events section for free sessions on data management.
How Managing Your Data Helps
- Planning can save time later when data are easy to find, use, analyze and share with your collaborators.
- Proper storage and backups help prevent data loss.
- Some funders require a data management plan. VCU Libraries provides DMPTool, an easy way to use templates to create the data management plans you need.
- Some journals now require data to be deposited and made available in a repository, such as VCU Scholars Compass.
- Storing your data with proper documentation ensures others can discover and build on your research, and you will get credit when others use your data.