- Research Data Management
- RCL Data Set Grant and Purchase Programs
- Data analysis & visualization
- Organize Data for Sharing
- Archival Collections & Manuscripts
- Accessing other University Collections
Research Data Management (RDM) is the management of data used or created as part of the research life cycle.
RDM aims to make the research process as efficient as possible. It helps meet expectations and requirements of the University, research funders, and legislation while also making research more accessible to the broader community.
Librarians can help manage your data more efficiently and comply with funder and publisher requirements for data management and sharing through:
Are you a student, faculty, or other UR researcher who located a data set that you need to purchase for your research? Depending on your status and your research need, the UR River Campus Libraries has two different programs that can assist you in obtaining funds for the data you need: A Data Set Grant fund and a Social Sciences/Humanities Data Purchase Program. The following chart will help you determine which is the right one for you.
If you have any questions on this diagram, or our data set programs, please contact Kathy Wu and we will be happy to assist you.
Please begin by looking at the chart below to learn about criteria and processes for both types of programs. Note that undergraduates and graduates can begin exploring both below paths, while faculty and other researchers are eligible only for the Data Purchase Program option.
Data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data. The River Campus Libraries offers resources to support this work from finding data to visualizing it.
Looking for publicly available and open-access data sets? Here are some good places to get started.
Not finding what you need? Your librarian can help. We have access to a variety of discipline-specific datasets. You can also recommend a dataset for purchase or apply for our data grant.
Even when you find a good dataset, you may have to organize and clean it before you can begin your analysis. The library offers periodic workshops on tools, like OpenRefine, R, and Python that can help you easily clean your datasets. Check out River Campus Libraries’ upcoming events to see what is being offered, and sign up.
Data Modeling and Visualization
The library also workshops that can help get you started with data visualization tools like Tableau. Check out River Campus Libraries’ upcoming events to see what is being offered, and sign up.
We also have resources to help with data science and statistics. Visit our data science guide to learn more.
It is important to cite data that you use. Managing citations can be cumbersome if you leave it to the last minute. Don’t worry! The River Campus Libraries has got you covered. Visit Data and statistics: Data Citation for everything you might need.
You may also benefit from getting others to cite your data. By sharing your data in one of the resources below, you can increase the probability of your data being discovered and cited correctly.
Planning how you will organize your data in advance will make it easier to work with your data, share it, and preserve it long-term. Librarians can offer advice regarding best practices for file-naming, persistent identifiers (such as DOIs), and version-controlling.
To learn more about metadata and standards for various disciplines, visit the Understanding Metadata page.
For examples about the type of support, go to Metadata Outreach – Project and Services.
River Campus Libraries’ Archival Collections can be found in the department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP). They hold the University’s unique, rare, and most important materials and collections, and they are home to the University Archives. Visit https://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu to learn more. Below are some useful links to help you get familiar with the RBSCP spaces:
The University of Rochester also has great collections beyond River Campus Libraries. Below are some useful links to access these collections.
Need an item Rochester doesn’t own? Don’t let that stop you! Interlibrary Loan connects our community to the nearly limitless resources of libraries across the globe. Follow these steps to request material.