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Research Data Curation

The library can assist faculty and researchers with the many-faceted steps of research data curation—from preparing research data management plans (which are required for many funding agencies), through file management best practices and metadata creation, to data sharing and data archiving. If you would like assistance with research data curation, please contact us. If you would like to schedule a consultation to better understand what services the library can offer, please schedule an appointment:




Best Practices for Managing Your Data

Following best practices for managing your research data can ensure it will be available to other researchers in the long term.

Preparing Data Management Plans

Preparing a data management plan is not only a requirement for many funding agencies, but also encourages successful handling of collected data across a project’s lifecycle and beyond.

Archiving and Sharing Your Data

Archiving and sharing your data is an essential component of the research data lifecycle.

Research Data Curation Glossary

A glossary of frequently cited terms and resources for research data curation.

Research Data Curation Toolkit

A suite of tools and services for UC researchers managed by the California Digital Library.

What is a Data Dictionary?

A Data Dictionary is a collection of names, definitions, and attributes about data elements that are being used or captured in a database, information system, or part of a research project. The metadata included in a Data Dictionary can assist in defining the scope and characteristics of data elements, as well the rules for their usage and application.


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