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Finding, Managing, & Storing Data

Data Management Planning for ResearchersDMPTool - Data Management Tool

Whether you're working alone or participating in a collaborative project, you can consult with us about data management planning and execution. We can discuss your situation and help you develop a solution that fits your methods, workflows, and objectives.

If you need to write a data management plan (DMP) for a grant proposal, we recommend DMPTool. This resource provides an overview of requirements for various funding agencies and DMP templates (requires you to sign up for a free account).

Digital Projects

Researchers or classes may wish to create unique, open-access digital data collections to increase the visibility and public utility of your data or projects.  You can consult with us about the resources available for creating digital collections (e.g. Digital Thoreau Project, OpenValley, and the Geneseo Geoscience Rock Collection digitization project).

Data CurationData Curation Lifecycle Model

DCC Curation Lifecycle Model
(Digital Curation Center)

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Researchers seeking long term archiving and preservation for their data can contact us to discuss relevant services and resources available across the campus.  We can also help you locate a discipline-specific data repository for long-term archiving.  Many of these have specific requirements for depositing data (documentation, file formats, etc.). Please contact us to arrange a conversation early in your research process and we can provide some recommendations.

Data Citation

Resources to help researchers cite data can be found on our Data Citation Guide. Milne Librarians can also help you navigate these new requirements or discuss options for publishing your own research data. Researchers who provide access to their data report higher citation rates for their publications (Piwowar et al., 2007).  Those sharing some form of their data can also make a case that their research has a greater impact on their discipline.  For example, astronomy researchers have made extensive use of the data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope, far exceeding the initial project goals (Whyte & Tedds, 2011).

Finding Existing Data

storage Our Data Subject Guide is a useful starting place for finding existing data sets on a variety of topics.
Subject librarians may also assist you in finding existing data related to your research.

Data Management Workshop/Instruction

assignment_indProfessors can request Library Instruction  for classes about practical strategies in data management (e.g. file naming conventions, formatting, version control, description/documentation/metadata, citation, back-up, data ethics, preservation, sharing/reuse).  In addition, the library will provide periodic interdisciplinary workshops on best practices for data and file management. 


Piwowar, H. A., Day, R. S., & Fridsma, D. B. (2007). Sharing detailed research data is associated with increased citation rate. PloS ONE, 2(3), e308. Available online:

Whyte, A., Tedds, J. (2011). ?Making the Case for Research Data Management?. DCC Briefing Papers. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online: