Data Management

By strategically thinking about how you will organize, store, document, and protect your data throughout a project, you can:

  • Save time by making it easier to search for and understand materials from former projects.
  • Avoid loss of access to data or materials due to obsolescence of certain file formats.
  • Meet requirements for grant funded projects.
  • Meet requirements of journals, many of which have or are adopting policies that require open access to the data/materials underlying a publication.
  • Support the reproducibility of your work by increasing accessibility to your materials.

We offer data management consultation and services to help researchers:

  • Prepare Data Management Plans (DMP). We can help you create a plan to manage your data across the entire duration of your research project and meet the requirements for grant-specific DMPs. 
  • Securely Store Data. We can help you identify appropriate tools for your data storage, sharing, or computing needs, including estimating cost and setting up customized solutions. 
  • Manage Data. We offer consultation on best practices for managing your data from planning to collection to analysis to long-term preservation.
  • Prepare Data for Sharing or Preservation. Don't let data from past projects decay on your hard-drives! We can help you create a codebook for your dataset, de-identify your data for sharing, and, in partnership with the University Libraries, help you choose the best outlets for sharing and preserving your data or materials.
Graphic of data lifecycle


Ready to start the conversation?

Send an email to surveys@cla.umn.edu (We promise, we're monitoring this address!) or fill out an Online Service Request Form and we’ll be in contact within 24 hrs.


Thanks and we look forward to working together!