Data Management

Data Management Cycle


image of the data cycle

Image courtesy of University of Denver Libraries' Research Data Management LibGuide

Data management refers to a wide range of activities researchers perform as they collect, arrange, describe, store, preserve, and often share materials generated by their research.

Many funding agencies and institutions require researchers to develop data management plans, or DMPs, that outline their data management activities, and to disseminate their data through repositories and archives.


  • Data Management Plans links to the DMPTool, a free web-based resources for writing a data management plan, as well as tools, guides, and best practices for writing DMPs.
  • Data Repositories provides suggestions for selecting a repository and briefly discusses data sharing concerns.
  • Summary of Agency Requirements links to a table of federal agency's, their requirements to make research public (from University of Utah's Digital Services Coordinator Betty Rozum)
  • Statistical Methods & Data Sources is a Research Guide that links to EMU data subscriptions, free data sources, and more.

Why Data Management is a Great Idea

This brief (4:40) video  illustrates some of the problems that can occur when researchers do not have a plan for managing their data.