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Data Management

Background and links to more information about data management issues.

Research Data Services @ Dartmouth


We help faculty, student, and staff researchers to organize, analyze, store, and share their research data.  We can help prepare data management plans (DMPs) for grant proposals, consult on best practices for storage and preservation, help optimize sharing and discovery of data, and assist with your data visualizations.  We work with ITS, OSP, and others to advance research data management at Dartmouth College.


Contact us directly for assistance:


Write a Data Management Plan

  • Create a data management plan with the DMPTool

  • Meet funder requirements

  • Request a DMP review

Find Data

  • Discipline specific help

  • Data repositories

Organize and Analyze Data

  • File naming and organization

  • Cleaning data

  • Visualizing data

Store Data

  • File sharing and data storage from ITS

  • Preservation for long-term access

  • Dartmouth Policy on Data Retention

Share Data

  • Find data centers or repositories

  • DOIs for Datasets from EZID

  • Data citation

  • Licensing your data


  • Instruction

  • Individual consultations

  • Workshops

Quick Links

Dartmouth guide to data management, from OSP, ITC's Research Computing and the Library

DMPTool   An online tool to help you write a data management plan.  Select "Get Started", locate Dartmouth in the pull down menu, and access Dartmouth specific information and help, along with templates from funding agencies, models and advice. 

Dartmouth's slide show on data management plans

RSTOR at Dartmouth (Research Computing Data Storage)

Field specific guidelines:

ICPSR Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans

NSF Requirements for Data Management Plans

Tools for data management and citation:

1. DOIs for Datasets from DataCite

DOIs are persistent identifiers that allow your completed datasets and other types of research outputs to be cited in a consistent manner.  Correct attribution is much more likely when DOIs are part of a citation. Persistent identifiers ensure access to the material no matter where the content is hosted, throughout changes in the hosting web site as long as the owner updates the hosting site information. The Dartmouth Library has an institutional membership with DataCite that makes it easy to create and register DOIs using DataCite's metadata structure. Contact if you are interested in assigning DOIs to your datasets.

2. ARKs (Archival Resource Key)

ARK is a type of persistent identifier for all kinds of content.  ARKs are particularly useful for Digital Humanities projects.  The Dartmouth Library has an institutional license with CDL's EZID to assign sponsored accounts for particular projects that would benefit from persistent identifers.  Contact if you are interested in having a sponsored account to assign ARKs to your materials.

3. Measuring Impact of Data