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Research Data Services @SDSU

Tools and services to help you manage your research data

Research Data Workshops

A workshop series for SDSU undergrad and graduate students who need to find and use health related data for their research. 

All workshops will be held in the Library computer labs - LA-76.

Friday, October 27, 12-1 pm
Workshop 1 Basics of Research Data Management
Learn how to organize your research so you don’t lose data.

Friday, November 3, 12-1 pm
Workshop 2 Finding Data You Can Use for Research
Learn how to find open and government data that you can use for your research.

Friday, November 17, 12-1 pm
Workshop 3 Citation Management
Learn how to organize your references to make bibliographies easier using EndNote or Zotero.

Friday, December 3, 12-1 pm
Workshop 4 Preparing Data for Analysis
Learn the basics of using OpenRefine to clean your data.

Workshop materials available here.

Any questions? Email

Faculty can request in-class instruction on these topics by contacting Margaret Henderson.

Past workshop materials are available here.


What RDM at SDSU Library Can Do For You

  • Show you how to comply with public access funder mandates and journal data sharing requirements.
  • Help you write data management and sharing plans as required by many grants, or you can use our customized DMPTool.
  • Teach a workshop so your research team or students know how to organize and manage data and related research documents throughout their projects.
  • Help you explore the use of collaboration tools to work with research partners and manage research workflows, including the Open Science Framework.
  • Connect you with other SDSU groups that can help with the storage, security, and analysis of your data.
  • Assist you in identifying and using data repositories to preserve and share your data, or help you deposit your data for sharing and public access.
  • Help with metadata and documentation to make your data searchable and citable, to ensure your work can be found and credited.

Taking Care of Your Data

If you start planning early, you can save time later when your data is easy to find, use, analyze, and share with your collaborators.

  • Proper storage and backups help prevent data loss.
  • Some funders require a data management plan. The DMPTool will make sure you include everything required.
  • Some journals now require data to be deposited and made available in a repository.
  • Storing your data with proper documentation will make sure that others can discover and build on your research and that you get credit when others use your data.

This article will give you a good overview of data management for your research: Briney KA, Coates H, Goben A (2020) Foundational Practices of Research Data Management. Research Ideas and Outcomes 6: e56508.

Our Services

The SDSU Library's RDM Team is composed of three librarians and offer a variety of services to SDSU-affiliated researchers.

  • DMPTool - login with your SDSU gmail username and password to access online templates from major funding agencies
  • DMP Review - choose the option for "review" when finishing your DMP and the committee will be notified and will review your DMP and provide feedback
  • Data Management Education - The RDM Team will be offering workshops on topics surrounding best practices in data management through the library, the Center for Teaching and Learning and The Research Foundation Workshop Series. Keep an eye out for announcements!
  • General Queries - the Team's email happy to take general questions, and if you call the library, someone will gladly refer you to one of the team members.