Data @ Reed

Data Services for Faculty

Below are data services designed to help faculty in their research and teaching. To learn more, or to make an appointment to talk in person, email

Data Management Plans

Most research funders, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), now require the inclusion of a data management plan (DMP) with a grant proposal. DMP requirements vary by funding agency, but are usually a 1-2 page document that covers:

  • Data and materials produced
  • Standards, formats, and metadata
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Dissemination methods
  • Policies for data sharing and public access
  • Archiving, storage, and preservation
For the latest DMP requirements, best practices, and examples, send email to You may also want to try the DMPTool, consult the SPARC webpage, or read Ten Simple Rules for Creating a Good Data Management Plan

Public Access Compliance

Most government agencies, including the NSF and NIH, require that research outputs like articles and data be made available to the public. 

Librarians can help you by:

  • determining what research outputs need to be made publically available
  • resolving reporting issues in NIHMS, NSF-PAR, or
  • advising on copyright issues

Archiving Data

Librarians can help you share, archive, and preserve your research data by:

  • locating the appropriate subject-specific or general data repository
  • reviewing licenses and consulting on open data
  • preparing the datasets, metadata, and related documentation files
  • depositing the data and generating a persistent identifier (e.g., a DOI)
  • advising on data citation

Data Literacy Instruction

Members of the Data @ Reed Team are available to meet with students in classes, labs, or informal workshops to help them learn:

  • how to find existing datasets
  • research data management
  • data wrangling
  • data analysis
  • data visualization