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Resources for managing research data including storage, archiving, and sharing as well as writing data management plans.

Data Management Planning: What, Why, and How.

This five-minute video above will provide an overview to data management planning

You may ask "Why should I share my data?"

If you opt to share your data in an openly accessible digital repository, research shows that this will lead to increased citation rates. Read more on this topic in the 2007 article, "Sharing Detailed Research Data Is Associated with Increased Citation Rate" by Heather A. Piwowar, Roger S. Day and Douglas B. Fridsma in PLoS One 2(3).

Simply put- Sharing your data will increase use of your research!

Getting Started

Managing data simply means planning for storage, organization, and long-term retrieval of your data. This is important for any researcher and is actually mandated by some funders. This guide covers data management resources currently available at Kent State University.

A few years ago, researchers didn't have to be concerned with DMPs (Data Management Plans)...but that has changed!

This guide covers:

  • Writing a Data Management Plan: Writing a plan describing the management of your data, as required by many funders. Discuss tools to use, as well as the process of writing the plan.
  • Digital Repository Options: Options for disseminating works in digital repositories, including Open Access Kent State (OAKS), the institutional repository of Kent State. OAKS is an online tool for collecting, preserving and providing access to the intellectual output of an institution in digital format, and highlights the scholarship at all of Kent State University’s campuses and locations.
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright: Intellectual Property is protected by law, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create.
  • Data Security: Overview of access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of data
  • Data Management Services at University Libraries

Contact the research data management working group at Kent State directly with any of your questions at