Data Management Office Hours

Get help with storing and managing data throughout its lifecycle.

Discuss all things data monthly at noon, every third Tuesday

Join experts from HITS Academic Engagement and the Taubman Health Sciences Library on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss data management. Each hour will start with a 15-minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of Q&A. Office hours will be held on Zoom. See the join info and the schedule of presentations below.

How we can help

Examples of how we might help you during office hours:

  • Get started with the Electronic Research Notebook. The Library can help organize your data and suggest relevant metadata. Engagement can help explore different functionalities that will facilitate organization.
  • Implement a data management plan. The Library can help interpret a data policy and write a data management plan. Engagement can help with the technology to implement it, such as storage and transfer tools.
  • Improve your research reproducibility. The Library can advise on making your workflow reproducible. Engagement can help you with the technology to implement it, such as compute environments.
  • Share data with collaborators in or outside of U-M. The Library can help identify repositories and data sharing best practices. Engagement can help with data transfer tools.

Schedule of topics

  • March 15, 2022: Intro to Dropbox
    • guest presenter: brian cors, ITS collaboration team
  • April 19, 2022: NIH Data Sharing Policy
    • guest presenter: Sara Samuel, THSL
    • The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) new Data Management and Sharing Policy takes effect on January 25, 2023. This policy applies to all investigators applying for NIH funding for competing grants, contracts, and other funding agreements on or after this date, and requires that a data management and sharing plan be submitted as part of these applications. Come to this session to learn about the policy, NIH's expectations, and where to find resources to help with writing a data management and sharing plan.
  • May 17, 2022: Open Science Framework
    • guest presenter: Marisa Conte, THSL
  • June 21, 2022: Electronic Research Notebook
    • guest presenter: Deb McCaffrey, Academic Engagement 
  • July 19, 2022: New Faculty Orientation
    • guest presenters: Marisa Conte, THSL, and TBD Academic Engagement
  • August 16, 2022: Research Computing Package and on-premise resources
    • guest presenters: Jim Kenyon and TDB Academic Engagement

About our teams

The HITS Academic Engagement team helps researchers find the right tech solutions for their projects and connects them with the teams that run these solutions. We can help you determine which storage option is best for your project, how to move data from its source to the analysis location, how to navigate security requirements for sensitive data types, and more.

The Taubman Health Sciences Library has a dedicated team with expertise in all aspects of research data management. From strategies for organizing your data to developing data management plans to creating visualizations of your data to identifying journals or repositories for publication and data sharing, we can help you make the most of your research data throughout its lifecycle.

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