Research Data Management

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What are Research Data Management Services?

Proper data management and sharing is essential for improving rigor and reproducibility in scientific research data. Various federal agencies have implemented requirements at the proposal and award stage in order to promote the sharing of scientific data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials. FSU Libraries offer research data management education and consultation, as well as access to data management tools and resources for FSU faculty, staff, and students at all stages of the research process.

Visit Digital Humanities for services related to the management and sharing of humanities data.

Consultations and Trainings

We offer personalized consultations and tailored data management training for individuals, research offices, faculty groups, course-integration, or lab/research groups. Whether you require individualized guidance or comprehensive group instruction, our services cover a wide range of topics to meet your specific needs:

  1. Data management plans (DMPs)
  2. Funder requirements
  3. Data sharing (including data repository selection, documentation guidance, IRB protocols)
  4. Data management for specific projects (e.g., file naming and folder organization for a research group)
  5. Data management basics (including file/folder naming and organization, storage/back-up, documentation, archiving)
  6. Quantitative and qualitative data management
  7. Managing sensitive and protected data (including human participant data, protected species)

To request a consultation or training, please contact Nicholas Ruhs or submit a consultation request.


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FSU researchers have access to this widely used data management plan creation tool. This tool provides online templates and tutorials for developing data management plans. DMPTool includes guidance for many funding agencies and directorates, including the NSF, NIH, and DOE, among others.

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Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data)

The Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data) is a free global registry of research data repositories that includes data repositories from a variety of academic disciplines. It includes repositories that allow archival of and access to datasets in compliance with funder and publisher data sharing requirements.

Research Data Management LibGuide

Explore FSU Libraries’ Research Data Management LibGuide to find more useful information on how to manage, store, organize, and share your data, including FSU-specific and community-based resources for data storage, depositing your data, and data sharing.

Digital Humanities

We support the development of DH projects by providing specialized consultations, resource guidance, and instruction sessions as may be needed. We are interested in promoting data literacy for humanists at all levels of academic life by offering discussions, workshops, and other learning opportunities on humanities data.

Primary Contact

Nicholas Ruhs
Research Data Management Librarian
(850) 645-9597
Dirac Science Library