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Data Management: Best Practices Quick Links
UIUC Library Data Management Guide
A good starting point for data management planning, provides step-by-step explanations of the choices that researchers need to make for effective data management. Topics covered include: storage, backup and security; file formats and organization; data preservation; and campus resources for data management help and support
Archaeology Data Service/Digital Antiquity Guides to Good Practice
Best practices for archaeology research project data management at all stages of the project lifecycle. A "must read" for archaeology researchers!
DataOne: Best Practices
Includes an excellent "Best Practices Primer" with clear definitions and descriptions helpful for those who are new to data management terminology and concepts.
Guide to Social Science Data Preservation and Archiving (ICPSR)
A thorough how-to and best practices guide, including guidance for all steps of the research process: Proposal Development and DMPs, Project Start-up, Data Collection and File Creation, Data Analysis, Preparing Data for Sharing, Depositing Data.
Research Data Lifecycle: Start to Finish
Why worry about data management now? Research data management decisions begin with the initial research project proposal and research design, affect every step of the research project from start to finish, and even have lasting consequences after a project concludes.
As an Anthropology Ph.D. student, learning about the best practices for social sciences research data now will:
- help you get funding for your research (many federal agencies now require a data management plan (DMP) for all grant applications, and soon all federal agencies will require DMPs)
- help you organize your data from the beginning to avoid confusion and/or loss of data later on
- help you make decisions that will ensure that your data is preserved
- help you decide when, where, and how to share your research data
Research Data Life Cycle
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The DMPTool is a free online wizard that supports the creation of data management plans (DMPs) for a variety of funding agencies, using templates customized to each funding agency's requirements. The University of Illinois is an affiliated institution, so UIUC students and faculty can log in with their netID and password to use a version of the tool that is customized for our institution.
Through a step by step process and a series of questions, it walks the researcher through the important data management decisions, and uses the answers to build the data management plan for the funding application.
Links to best practice information from the UIUC library and from other reputable sources are provided at each step in the process. The researcher may also choose to request a review of their DMP by a UIUC librarian.
Data Management Workshops at the Library
Want to learn more about data management best practices? The library is offering a series of data management workshops through the Savvy Researcher Workshops.
Check the Research Data Service Workshops webpage for dates/times of data management workshops, registration links and links to workshop materials.
Research Data Service at Illinois
Research Data Services
The Research Data Service (RDS) is a campus-wide program that provides the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data.
Visit for help with Data Management Plans, sharing and storing your data, and personalized consultations.