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Research data services

The University Libraries offers data management training for individuals, lab groups, departments, and classes. We also offer regular data management workshops and bootcamps.

Consult with a data management expert

Our experts help researchers

  • create workflows, 
  • organize or store data, and
  • share data.

Disciplinary experts are also available to teach about best practices of data management, data sharing, or services available on campus

Request a consultation or training session

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Virtual introduction to data management​

Managing your Research Data: A Tutorial Series (October 2020) 

Specialized data management topics

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Data management plans (DMPs)

Data management plans (DMPs) are a blueprint for how to manage data throughout their life-cycle. In addition, many funders require a DMP as part of the grant application.

We can help you create a DMP and provide feedback on your draft in a timely way to meet grant deadlines.

Get started with a template

If you don't already have a draft data management plan, then start one now.

  1. Make a copy of our U of M DMP Template (Google Doc) or log in with your U of M ID to the DMPTool to draft a new plan to manage your data.
  2. Review your funder requirements for data management plans.
  3. Explore example data management plans from University of Minnesota researchers

Get feedback

Send us a copy of your DMP. We will review your plan within two business days and suggest things to consider or recommend using available tools and resources found across campus. Email your draft plan in MS Word doc, or send a Google doc link, to datarepo@umn.edu.

Helpful tip: Include a link to your funder/proposal that you are applying to so that we ensure any specific data sharing requirements are met.

Boilerplate language for using DRUM in your grant

The Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) is the university’s open access data repository for data sharing that enables long-term access and preservation. If appropriate for your data, use this boilerplate language in your DMP to demonstrate your institutionally-backed strategy for data sharing and preservation:

A long-term data sharing and preservation plan will be used to store and make publicly accessible the data beyond the life of the project. The data will be deposited into the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM), http://hdl.handle.net/11299/166578, a trusted data repository certified in 2017 by an international community-recognized CoreTrustSeal. This University Libraries’ hosted institutional data repository is an open access platform for dissemination and archiving of university research data. Curators review all incoming submissions and work with data authors to comply with data sharing requirements in ways that make data FAIR (Findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable). DRUM provides long-term preservation of digital objects using services such as migration (limited format types), off-site backup, bit-level checksums, and assigns a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for archival citations. The data will be accompanied by the appropriate documentation, metadata, and code to facilitate reuse and provide the potential for interoperability with similar data sets.

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Resources to find and access data

The Libraries subscribes to many data archives and resources to find and access essential data for your research. These registries and guides also aggregate freely available data resources for the discovery of data and statistics.

Data registries and guides

Specific data repositories

  • Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) for the University of Minnesota, an open access repository for data authored by U of M researchers
  • ICPSR - data repository hosted by the University of Michigan related to social science data, both publicly and privately collected and published
  • IPUMS at the Institute for Social Research & Data Innovation - research center through the University of Minnesota with a focus on current and historical demographic data related to geography, economy, migration, health, education, and other subject areas
  • data.gov - open government data portal with access to datasets in science, agriculture, education, health, business, and many more
  • re3data.org - registry of open research data repositories across disciplines
  • datacite.org - search millions of dataset from repositories around the world in this international registry

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