Research data support services at Yale come from a variety of units. Support staff work with researchers at each stage of the data life cycle — whether you need to locate others’ data; use your own data; find a way to manage, store, and describe that data; analyze the data; or preserve and share it for future researchers.
- Interactive Solutions: Workshops and Consultations
- Self-Service Solutions: Units, Resources, and Tools Supporting Data
Yale units provide workshops for members of the community regarding research data management; consultations on data practices, research needs, and the options available to specific labs or individuals; and correspondence by email for questions and referrals. See the Training Calendar for information on workshops from Research Data Support Services (RDSS), YCRC, the DH Lab, StatLab, and other units at Yale.
The Yale University Library manages Yale’s membership in Data Management Planning Tool (DMPtool) from the California Digital Library.
The Research Data Support Services group is an excellent first stop for your questions. RDSS brings together specialists from around campus who consult with researchers and labs on their data management needs. Consultants have answered questions about how to write a data management plan, how to clean data, where to store data, and more.
This group includes contributors from Center for Science and Social Science Information, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Digital Scholarship Services (DHLab and StatLab), Metadata and Technical Services, and Preservation, as well as experts from ITS, the Center for Research Computing, Center for Teaching and Learning, and other Yale units. RDSS also maintains this site as a portal for research data support services.
The types of consultations RDSS sees include:
- Identifying repositories for short- or long-term dataset storage.
- Preparing data for long-term archiving.
- Identifying metadata standards, file formats, and database design.
- Licensing and working with copyrighted datasets.
- Citing and providing citations for your (or others’) data.
- Navigating data use agreements and other restricted data limitations.
RDSS will also refer to places where you can find assistance with storage options, locating appropriate data for your project, GIS options, statistical analysis/computing resources, and Yale’s Research Data Policy. Its strategic partnership among many Yale units makes these referrals easy.
Yale researchers may use the Data Management Planning Tool (DMPtool) to create, review, and share data management plans that are in accordance with institutional and funder requirements.
The Registry of Research Data Repositories provides a fast and easy way to determine if your data is appropriate for a repository.
If you want basic education on research data management but do not have the time for a workshop or consultation, on-demand data management best practices tutorials can be found online.
The Yale University Library maintains a Research Data Management guide filled with tools, resources, and helpful URLs for learning about specific aspects of RDM, including funding mandates, discipline-specific metadata standards, and how to write a data management plan. An additional guide at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides information about the NIH public access policies.
Many others come out of the United Kingdom and Europe, which have different funding contexts from the United States:
- Digital Humanities: Training materials from the University of Oxford
- Earth Sciences: Data Management Short Course for Scientists from the Earth Science Information Partners Commons
- Generic: Data Management Modules, Webinars, and Screencasts from DataONE
- Generic/Social Sciences: MANTRA Training from the University of Scotland
Yale University Library data resources and collections:
- Yale University Library Collection Development Policy: Science and Social Science Data
- Social Science Data Resources
- Science Data Resources
- Yale Center for Research Computing
- Geographic Information Systems (Yale University Library)
- Center for Teaching & Learning
- Center for Science & Social Science Information (Yale University Library)
- Digital Humanities Lab (Yale University Library)
- StatLab (Yale University Library)
- Yale Research Data Center
The Yale Research Portal provides information about various services and tools available across the University for group and individual research projects.