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Darling Marine Center Information Resources: Data Management

Why Would You Want to Manage Your Research Data?

Many federal and private funders require applicants to include a data management plan (DMP) in award proposals. Some scholarly publishers also require authors to make raw data available to all non-commercial users. There are numerous benefits to actively managing research data.

Well-managed data can be shared because it is: Researchers benefit from well-managed, open data because:
machine readable findings may be validated through replication by other scholars
available in its entirety existing work serves as a foundation for subsequent research, through alternative analysis or through mining of multiple data sets
inexpensive to obtain (or even free) data sets are another means of promoting and disseminating scholarly work
organized in an readily interpretable manner awareness of existing data helps scholars avoid unnecessary duplicate work
easily manipulated by popular software packages little or no explanation is required when other researchers wish to obtain and/or use the data
preserved, ideally through multiple copies in multiple locations  

Creating Your Data Management Plan: Advanced Computing Group

The Advanced Computing Group at the University of Maine supports the DMPTool, a resource designed to guide researchers through the creation of data management plans tailored to the requirements of specific funding agencies. 

Login into the DMPTool: select University of Maine System and use your MaineStreet login and password.

Find data management plan requirements by funding agency (from DMPTool).

Archiving your Data: Advanced Computing Group

The Advanced Computing Group supports the Maine Dataverse Network, a secure, cloud-based repository for sharing and archiving data created by UMaine researchers. The ACG also provides technical support to researchers using the Dataverse Network.

Linking Publications with Data: DigitalCommons @ UMaine

DigitalCommons at UMaine provides access to the scholarly, educational, and creative works of the University of Maine community. It is coordinated by Raymond H. Fogler Library and is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, the College of Education and Human Development, the Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Lifelong Learning.

Fogler Library is working with the Advanced Computing Group to link scholarly articles in Digital Commons with the associated data archived in Maine Dataverse.

NOTE: The use of Digital Commons and the Dataverse Network to fulfill sponsor public access requirements is intended for instances when a sponsor gives its funded researcher the latitude to select a repository(ies) in which to store and disseminate her/his subject research results. This is most likely to be the case with private sponsors. Federal funding agencies are required by law to designate the repository(ies) to be utilized.

Because public access solutions vary by sponsor, researchers must pay close attention to proposal guidelines, award terms and conditions, and other sponsor-related communications to ensure they are complying with the requirements of their particular award. For more information about public access to the results of federally funded research please visit the US Agency Public Access Plans webpage which provides an up-to-date list of, and links to, U.S. agency plans as they are published.

Research Data Management at Fogler Library

For more information about managing your data, please visit our Data Management Research Guide. This guide contains an overview of best practices, tools, and resources for managing your data throughout all phases of the research lifecycle. 

Complying with Funders: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs assists faculty and staff in seeking and managing research grants, contracts, and other extramural funding. ORSP serves as applicant, contract negotiator, and signatory authority for the University, and provides grant accounting services once an award is made. They provide some data management plan assistance, particularly around grant compliance.


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