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Research Data Management

This guide provides best practices and resources for managing your research data for any discipline.

Guidance Related to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic UVa has instituted many changes to address the problems created by the closure of the university. The Office of the Vice President for Research has created the Research Continuity Guidance website to assist researchers in answering their questions about operations, funding, and communications. Message from the Vice President for Research

The Council on Government Relations (COGR) has created the Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources website to provide information on Agency Guidance Specific to Federal Award Impact. They cover a wider range of funders and include additional information and communications.  Interested in exploring funding opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic? Please visit the Research Funding tab on this guide.

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Library Research News

dmptool logoWe’re delighted to announce a successful launch of DMPTool version 3 today (February 27, 2018). This milestone represents the convergence of the two most popular data management planning tools—US-based DMPTool and UK-based DMPonline—into a single, internationalized platform. We plan to bring the many other installations of the tool in Canada, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, and throughout Europe along for the ride as we work together to make DMPs a more useful exercise for everyone! 

The DMPTool is a free online application that helps researchers create data management plans.  It provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with specific funder requirements.  It includes direct links to relevant documents in the funder websites, help text for answering questions, and resources for best practices about research data management.  You login through NetBadge, and it includes links to UVa policies and resources that we have developed in addition to the ones built into the tool.

  • To learn more about best practices to insure your research data will continue to be available in the future, send us an email ( or reach out to me directly at

Are you a medical researcher working in the UVa Health System? The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library (HSL) hosts the Research Concierge, a joint service provided by iTHRIV, the SOM CTO, and the Health Sciences Library. The service connects investigators with clinical translational research services across grounds. The HSL also has a Data Services and Resources guide providing guidance on clinical datasets, genomics data, software, and computing environments. 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a Dear Colleague Letter: Effective Practices for Data, on May 20, 2019. The purpose of this DCL is to describe - and encourage - effective practices for managing research data, including the use of persistent identifiers (IDs) for data and machine-readable data management plans (DMPs).

"Movement towards open science by the research community offers the potential to enhance public benefits of science and engineering research. Open science provides new opportunities for researchers to access research findings and data, which in turn has the potential to advance knowledge in many critical domains. The capacity of science and engineering research to achieve these advances depends on the extent to which researchers are aware of, and use, effective practices for data preparation, curation, and distribution. Through this DCL, NSF encourages researchers to learn about the practices described above, and to implement them in the proposals that they prepare for submission to NSF."

Using this research guide

This guide provides information and resources to help make research data management easier for you.  Use the tabs above or the menu on the left to go directly to information about research data management best practices, data management plans, active data storage, data sharing, data repositories, impact statements, data security, and training.

Libraries have been managing information for 4,000 years. The UVa Library is evolving and building expertise to continue this tradition so that we can help you create, manage, store, share and cite your research data today, and to share and preserve it for tomorrow.

Research Data Management is ready to consult with you on your entire data life cycle, helping you to make the decisions that work best for you and your funder requirements.  Contact me now to start a conversation about your research.


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