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Data Management

CSB/SJU Library's Data Management Services

The CSB/SJU Library can help you manage your data. Once you contact your liaison librarian, your needs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will help you determine:

The best long-term storage format for your data.
In general, archived file formats should be
--documented standards
--common usage within your research community
--standard representation

See the University of Minnesota's File Formats for Long-Term Access document.

Where the data will be stored.
Options include our institutional repository, CSB/SJU IT Services file storage, or a discipline-specific repository. For more information, click on the Data Repositories tab above.

How to make the data discoverable.

Why Create a Data Management Plan?

Why is data management important?
--Archiving and providing access to your data benefits you, other researchers, and the broader scholarly community.
--Many funding agencies require data management plans to ensure future access to grant supported research data.
--In order to ensure long-term access to research data, you need to actively and intentionally plan the storage of, and access to, data sets.

A data management plan helps you to...
--Comply with sharing mandates and meet copyright compliance.
--Preserve data successfully and ensure that your data will be accessible and usable in the future.
--Clearly document and provide evidence for your research. 
--Create and maintain a permanent archive of the data that supports your published findings.
--Improve access to your publications.
--Increase the impact of your research with data citation.
--Support open access, which further benefits interdisciplinary research.


Jonathan Carlson
Alcuin Library


Much of the content for this guide was reused or adapted from Boston College's "Data Management" LibGuide. I am indebted to Barbara Mento and the rest of BC's Data Management Support Team for giving me permission to repurpose their content.