Data management is the process of managing your data before, during, and after a research project. The effective management of your data ensures that your research is secure, promotes the reuse of your data by other researchers, and assures compliance with federal guidelines.
Results from a 2013 UNCG survey indicate that faculty needed help with data management plans, data storage, and data backup to comply with new policies from grant-funding agencies regarding their research projects. The survey was also in response to new policies from funding agencies and UNCG’s Access to and Retention of Research Data policy adopted in 2012. Please see this report for further information on the survey and its results.
To respond to the data storage needs identified, ITS launched a hosting service and purchased Box cloud storage in November 2013. Box was recently upgraded to provide 50 Gb of storage with web and mobile accessibility to files from anywhere. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the Libraries have been promoting the DMPTool which assists researchers in creating data management plans and provides templates for the major grant funding agencies. OSP also provides assistance to faculty in developing data management plans when they are seeking funding.
The University Libraries also developed the Research Data Management Guide to provide a central location for information on data management plans, data storage and data sharing and archiving. Created by Data Services Librarian Lynda Kellam, the guide provides information on campus contacts and other resources, such as tutorials, to assist researchers in all aspects of research data management.