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Introduction to Data Management & Elements of a Plan: Tools

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.


The DMPTool is a series of templates to walk researchers through data management plan construction.  Although developed by California Digital Library it is customized for UNC to offer campus resources appropriate to each step.  Researchers must log in with their Onyen.  Plans can be saved online and shared with other researchers.

Research Data Toolkit

Developed by UNC Libraries staff, the Toolkit provides templates, sample plans, and guidelines for writing your plan.  Other features include online tutorials and workshop recordings, a schedule for brown-bag workshops and a rich set of best practices information for data management basics such as file-naming.


Disciplinary Repositories (External to UNC)

Repositories are many and varied.  The metasite noted below is useful for finding repositories in any discipline.