What is the Research Data Management (RDM) Support Services at SMU Libraries?
Research data management is the organization, storage, and preservation of data collected throughout your research project. In addition, RDM makes data accessible for sharing and re-use and is becoming a growing necessity for faculty and researchers by keeping track of their data throughout the research. Typically this process can be difficult.
To aid in this process, SMU Libraries provides support for faculty with a consultative service for research data management.
How does SMU Libraries provide RDM support?
Librarians are available to discuss different aspects of the research data lifecycle in the following areas:
- Data Access & Re-Use – Advice in making your research data accessible for sharing and re-use.
- Data Management Planning – Assistance in accessing and completing data management plans using the DMP Tool.
- Metadata – Instruction on creating metadata that makes your data more findable.
- Data Storage and Preservation – Advice on best practices for storing and preserving your data.
- Instruction and Training – Librarians are available to provide in-class training, or meet with you and/or a group of your students to offer basic workshops on different topics related to data management.
For more information on the scope of RDM services visit SMU Libraries Research Data Management Support Policy
“On several occasions the SMU Data Management Support Group has provided The Budd Center with high quality consultation and support for new ideas and existing projects. Their broad and deep knowledge of data gathering, storage and retrieval helped us to think about our own data systems in new innovative ways. With their help, we are planning ways to more effectively engage in community-driven collaboration and close opportunity gaps.”
-Regina Nippert and Dana Gray, The Budd Center, Simmons School of Education and Human Development
“I was impressed that the RDM Working Group responded so quickly to my request for help drafting the data management plan under a very tight deadline. I learned so much about data management and the resources that are available in the process. This group is a wonderful resource for SMU graduate students and faculty, as we endeavor to achieve R-1 status.”
-Steph Buongiorno, Ph.D. candidate in the Lyle School of Engineering