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Who Can I Contact for Help?

The University of Mississippi Libraries, in conjunction with the University of Mississippi Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, are offering consultation on data management associated with requirements of grant funding agencies. 

If you have a question with writing your data management plan or implementing best practices related to data management, contact:

If you have a question about complying with grant funding requirements, contact:

Why is Data Management Important?

Introduction to Data Management

Data are "any information or observations that are associated with a particular project, including experimental specimens, technologies, and products related to the inquiry."  Data can be both physical and digital, and can come in many different forms. Some examples include: documents, genetic sequences, measurements, software code, audio, and images.                                                                                             -Department of Health & Human Services

Research Data Management is part of the research process, and aims to make the research process as efficient as possible, and meet expectations and requirements of the university, research funders, and legislation.                            - University of Leicester

Data management is an integral part of the research process, not just an add-on to satisfy grant requirements.            - University of Mississippi Libraries

What are Funding Agency Requirements?

Many funding agencies now require the data created as part of your grant-funded research be made freely available online, and have made data management plans part of the grant application.  Each agency has slightly different requirements, so be sure to check what your specific grant requires.  The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has created a resource that outlines the data management and sharing requirements for all of the major funding agencies; if you are still not sure, contact the University Libraries at lib-data@olemiss.edu.