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Research Data Management

This guide introduce the essentials of good research data management and how the library can support researchers in managing their research data.

Research Data Management Basics

What Is Research Data?

Research data is any information collected or produced during the course of research that can be used to validate original research findings. Data can include numerical information, measurements, recordings, textual documents, physical specimens, and more.

What is Research Data Management?

RDM (Research Data Management) is the management of data used or generated during the research process, with the goal of ensuring that the data is usable by future researchers for further research, analysis, and the validation of completed research.

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Why does RDM Matter?

Good RDM practices:

  • Increase research reproducibility
  • Increase public trust in research
  • Allows for the replication and validation of research
  • Enables other researchers to reuse data and avoid research waste
  • Helps researchers find, use, and interpret their own data during the research process

Library Data Services

The library provides a variety of data services to help you manage your research data. Reach out to your liaison librarian for assistance or questions.

Our data services include

  • Consulting on how to write data management and sharing plan
  • Reviewing your data management and sharing plan
  • Recommending the best repository to share your data in
  • Finding data to support a research topic
  • Explaining funder/publisher data sharing requirements (such as the NIH DMS policy)
  • Recommending tools and resources for research data management
  • Answering copyright and licensing information, including what license to use to share your data and understanding how you can use other people's data
  • Consultations and customized instruction on research data management and data sharing best practices

Non-Library Services

The library is one of many campus units that support research data management. See the list of ATSU Research Units below for links and more information. The Department of Research Support can provide consultations on the more technical aspects of research data management including assisting with local data storage, data visualization, and data analysis. Sponsored Programs support grant administration and compliance with regard to data sharing.

Liaison Librarians

Julia Peters, KCOM Liaison Librarian


Julia Peters

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ATSU Research Units

Department of Research Support

Department of Research Support

Research Support offers staff with experience in biostatistics, research project development, management, coordination, and scientific writing to all faculty members, fellows, and residents affiliated with ATSU.

A.T. Still Research Institute

A.T. Still Research Institute

The goal of the Still Research Institute is to explore and advance the scientific evidence base of osteopathic medicine and associated health professions within A.T. Still University.

ATSU Sponsored Programs

ATSU Sponsored Programs

Sponsored Programs provides grantsmanship expertise and customized assistance to ATSU faculty seeking extramural grant funding.

Sponsored Programs : Internal

ATSU Sponsored Programs : Internal

ATSU Sponsored Programs offers Information and resources to support you in applying for ATSU's offered internal grants

ATSU Arizona IRB

ATSU Arizona IRB

The ATSU AZ IRB Site offers information about the processes and procedures for applying to and navigating the ATSU Arizona Institutional Review Board.

ATSU Missouri IRB

ATSU Missouri IRB

The ATSU MO IRB Site offers information about the processes and procedures for applying to and navigating the ATSU Missouri Institutional Review Board.

ATSU Teaching and Learning Center

ATSU Teaching and Learning Center

The TLC offers support to faculty for all activities touching on student learning and development.