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Data Management Services


Cite Your Data Right

Learn about citing data and datasets in your work, including example data citations for some of the most common citation styles used at Georgia Southern University (i.e., AMA, ASA, APA, Chicago, and MLA).


Data Management Plan Basics

Many funding agencies and publishers now require that research data be made publicly available as a condition of funding or publication. These slides discuss the basics of data management planning, sharing, and archiving, with emphasis on resources and services available to all faculty and students through the University Libraries.


Getting Started with DMPTool

DMPTool is a powerful online tool for creating, managing, and sharing data management plans. DMPTool includes templates and advice for most major funding agencies, as well as useful collaboration and reviewing tools. Set up your own account and learn the basics of using DMPTool to prepare successful data management plans.

Making Data Bearable

During this hands-on workshop, we explore challenges and best practices related to research data management. Working in groups, participants perform a rudimentary data analysis and create figures and tables capturing the correlation between Gummi Bear flavor and "springiness." In the process, participants explore different kinds of research data and discuss manipulation, analysis, visualization, reporting, and sharing data for different audiences. This workshop is a precursor to discussing data management planning, especially as it relates to grant funding and publisher requirements. Specific skills covered include creating basic charts in Excel and figures in PowerPoint and Word.



Manage Research Workflows with Open Science Framework and Digital Commons​

Together, Open Science Framework and Digital Commons offer useful tools for managing your research workflows. Keep all your files, data, and protocols in one centralized location. Avoid trawling emails to find files or scrambling to recover lost data. Control which parts of your project are public or private, making it easy to collaborate with the worldwide community or just your team. Publish your data when it is ready to share.


Managing and Publishing Your Working Data with Digital Commons @ Georgia Southern 

Do you need a home for your "working" research data or a way to securely share data with your CO-PIs during active research? Learn how Digital Commons @ Georgia Southern can provide you with a secure platform for managing your data. When you are ready to publish your data, we can help with that, too.

Managing Your Working Data: Tools & Best Practices

Do you need a home for your "working" research data or a way to securely share data during active research? Learn about tools and techniques for managing your data throughout the research lifecycle. This presentation discussed best practices for preparing data for long-term sharing and archiving, including file formats, file management, data description, anonymization, intellectual property, and reuse licensing.

NIH Data Sharing Requirements 101

According to the NIH, data sharing is essential for expedited translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health. Investigators applying to the NIH for $500,000 or more of direct research costs in any single year are expected to include a plan for sharing their final research data, or state why sharing is not possible. This presentation reviews the NIH's data sharing requirements and how to best prepare your data management plan for successful funding.


NIH: Intro to the New NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

Learn about the NIH's newly-adopted guidelines for data management and sharing, including new requirements for data management plans.


NSF Data Management Requirements 101

Learn about the NSF's data requirements, why they matter, and how to best prepare your data management plan for a successful grant application.


NSF and NIH Data Management Requirements 101 (updated Fall 2020)

Learn about the NSF and NIH's data requirements, why they matter, and how to best prepare your data management plan for a successful grant application.


Preparing Data for Sharing and Archiving

Learn about best practices for preparing your research data for long-term sharing and archiving. Topics include file formats and file management, metadata and describing data, anonymization, intellectual property rights, and licensing for reuse. While emphasis is on tabular data, all data types—including images, audio, and video—are addressed.


For help, contact the Digital Commons Team at (912) 478-4056 or A member of the Digital Commons Team will contact you as soon as possible during regular business hours.