Research data management (RDM) is the process of creating organized, documented, accessible, and reusable research data. It helps with research organization and comprehensibility, making onboarding to projects easier and allowing for ease in communicating research results to colleagues and the public. RDM helps improve research workflows to make them more resilient, efficient, maintainable, and reproducible.
RDM is research self care! The actions taken today to organize your research data will help future you feel more in control of your research project, and make it easier to share your results with others. While it is good to implement RDM techniques as early as you can in your research, we understand that there may be many barriers to doing so, including a lack of extra time to devote to it. We're here to help!
Did you know that at CMU Libraries, we have several folks who have been professionally trained in RDM education and support across each academic discipline? From writing data management plans, to helping set up an RDM protocol for a lab, we can help you develop strategies for managing your data, no matter what your data looks like.
The world of research data management is growing, and it with comes a plethora of great resources. Here's a few to get started:
Wanting resources tailored to your own research and/or data needs? Contact Hannah Gunderman to schedule an email, in-person, Zoom, or telephone consultation!
Taking the extra time now to manage your data will save you an immense amount of time later on in your research.
The CMU Libraries Data Collaboration Lab (DataCoLAB) connects the research community across disciplinary borders, and facilitates collaborations between data producers and data scientists. The program connects researchers who want more from their datasets with individuals who have data and computer science skills, creating opportunities for people with different technical and disciplinary backgrounds to work together.
Want to learn more or ask questions? Email dataCoLAB@andrew.cmu.edu.
A special thank you to Sue Collins (https://www.library.cmu.edu/about/people/sue-collins), Senior Librarian and Liaison for Engineering & Public Policy and History, for creating many of the original sections and structures on which this LibGuide is based on and evolved from.
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