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Research Data Management Resources

Data management best practices, funder mandates, data sharing options, and local resources for research data management.

Data Services from the Library

Research Data Management Consultations

We are available to help you, your lab, or center understand your data management needs and recommend best practices for keeping your data usable, now and into the future.

Data Management Plan Review

Data Management Plans are required components for some grant proposals that outline how the principle investigators will manage and share their primary research data. 

If requested, a data librarian can review your data management plan (DMP) prior to submission with grant applications and provide feedback. Please allow ten working days for our review. We will try to accommodate requests for review at short notice but please note that we cannot guarantee this.

  • Create data management plans and find further guidance on funder requirements through DMPTool.

Data Cleaning

Messy data on your hands? A data librarian can help provide guidance on how to clean it using OpenRefine or R. 

Data Visualization Consultations

Take your visualizations to the next level with feedback from our data visualization experts. Currently providing technical assistance with visualizations in Excel, R, and Tableau and happy to provide feedback on visualizations from any software.

Data Training

Please contact us to set up a training on any of the following data topics for yourself or your group:

  • Research Data Management Fundamentals
  • Data Management Plans
  • Data Cleaning using OpenRefine
  • Data Visualization
  • Managing Your Data Using Excel 
  • Introduction to R and RStudio

Statistical Software

Select library workstations have statistical software packages SPSS and SAS available for use. View the list of specific desktops.

Data Sharing and Archiving

eScholarship@UMassChan can serve as a home for research data files that support scholarly publications, including dissertations, theses, and journal articles that must meet requirements for the preservation and dissemination of data.

Benefits of sharing your data through eScholarship@UMassChan:

  • it is free to you
  • it can accommodate large file sizes and a variety of file formats
  • it can apply embargoes for access controls
  • it can provide a persistent identifier, such as a DOI
  • it includes sufficient metadata to enable discovery and reuse
  • it is a redundant copy of your data in the event that something should happen to your original
  • it is managed by the library

View this example of a data set housed in eScholarship@UMassChan

If you have any questions about our repository services or are interested in depositing some data in eScholarship, contact Lisa Palmer (

Campus Data Consultation Services

Data Analysis and Planning

The Quantitative Methods Core (QMC), within the Division of Biostatistics and Health Sciences Research in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, provides clinical research support in biostatistics, experimental design, and data management.

Request a consultation from QMC

Research Technology

Research Technology, a division of UMass Chan Medical Information Technology group, has a well-established and diverse team of IT professionals that can provide a variety of services related to your clinical and basic science research needs.

UMCCTS Informatics Core

The UMCCTS Informatics Core develops and disseminates tools to aid with data collection and storage and, through the Data Science Core, provides access to clinical data in the UMCCTS Data Lake.

How to obtain data from the UMCCTS Data Lake

Research Computing

IT manages several research computing service options for the UMass Chan community. Including:

Research Cores

Managed by the Office of Research, Research Cores provide a number of services, tools, resources, and facilities to UMass Chan faculty and research staff. 

View the full list of Research Cores.

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