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STEM Faculty: Data Management

Have Data?

Hunter Library is actively seeking WCU Faculty collaborators who are interested raising their research profile by archiving research data and making that data available to other researchers worldwide. WCU uses NC DOCKS Dataverse (hosted by the Odum Institute) to archive data and we can also link to data already deposited in other repositories.

Data Management Plans (DMP)

Computer screen with data visualization icons.Data Management Plans (DMP) provide detail to funders and other stakeholders on the data you plan to collect, how you will maintain collected data, and how this data will be disseminated. DMPs are common requirements for funding agencies. To get started with a DMP, check out our DMP page as well as the DMPTool, which can be used to create a DMP for a variety of agencies.

Current Data?

Hunter Library does not currently offer support for in-progress data sets - we can provide support for completed data sets only.  Researchers with in-progress data or who are planning data collection and need storage for that information can submit a project request through IT for support.

Disseminate your data

Individuals with lines connecting them.STEM faculty can disseminate data that they have collected through data repositories.

Depositing or uploading data into a repository is frequently required as part of a data management plan (DMP) for folks seeking grants, particularly those from federal funding agencies. 

We currently recommend Zenodo for uploading data; it's free, stable, and easy to search.  If you'd like help with Zenodo or any other repository, reach out to Krista directly.

Disseminate your scholarly works

Like data, you can disseminate your scholarly works (articles, conference papers, presentation slides, etc.) by using NC DOCKS. 

Hunter Library is working to make access to your scholarly works via NC DOCKS easy.  You can contact Scottie Kapel, the Scholarly Communications Librarian, with a list of your works and she will verify self-archiving permissions for each work.  After that, she will work with you to upload the appropriate version (for example, a preprint) of your work to NC DOCKS. 

NC DOCKS also allows integration of information from NC DOCKS Dataverse, so your profile in NC DOCKS can contain both your scholarly works and your research data.