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Introduction to Data Management & Elements of a Plan: Home

A general introduction to what data management is, why it's important and some basics on how to write a plan to accomplish it.

Library Data Services

Library Data Services caters to researchers interested in working with data, mapping, texts, visualization, and technology. Many of these services are available online. Davis Library Data Services, located on the second floor of Davis Library, offers:

  • A computing lab with specialized software for GIS and data visualization & analysis.
  • Walk-in assistance provided by knowledgeable student consultants during set hours
  • Consultations with specialists for more in-depth inquiries (by appointment).
  • Spaces for collaboration and presentation, complete with white boards and external displays.
  • Technology short courses and programs that promote digital scholarship.

About This Guide

This tutorial answers what and why questions about data management: 

  • What data management is and why it's important
  • What should go into writing a plan for it, and
  • A variety of resources and tools to help with the process.

For practical tips on how to write a data management plan, see the Templates/Examples section of the Research Data Toolkit.

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First, we’ll define what a data management plan is and funding agencies that require them.  Then we’ll discuss what should be included in a data management plan.  Finally, we’ll introduce you to campus resources you can consult while writing your plan, as well as tools you can use to write your plan.

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