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Research Data Management and Curation: Start Here

This guide covers the research data management and curation resources available at the University of Alabama through a partnership of the University Libraries, Office for Research & Economic Development, and Office for Information Technology.

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OSTP Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies (March 20, 2014): Improving the Management of and Access to Scientific Collections

Important UA Links

This guide provides an introduction to resources in the University for Data Management Plan creation and execution. Use the tabs above or the links below to find information on the following topics:

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Research Data Management and Curation

What is this?

In a nutshell, data management and curation entails structured processes to ensure that the data used and generated by research activities are well-described, documented, findable, retrievable, understandable, and preserved for some period of time.

Why should I be interested in this?

Effective data management results in no lost or corrupted data, easier identification and handling of data during projects and after, and more time for research activities. In addition, increasingly external funders require data management (and sharing) plans so that funded research can serve as foundations for future research and previous investments can continue to yield dividends.  


Open Science

Open science is defined by a paradigmatic shift from an exclusive/hierarchical model of research and research dissemination toward a model that is flatter, more collaborative, and accessible to wider audiences that include both the experts and non-experts.  

SHARE is a higher education initiative whose mission is to maximize research impact by making research widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. To fulfill this mission SHARE is developing services to gather and freely share information about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle. Making research and scholarship freely and openly available encourages innovation and increases the diversity of innovators.

SHARE is a partnership between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Center for Open Science (COS), underwritten in part by generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additionally, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is supporting SHARE in a project to integrate digital humanities into the scholarly web. The SHARE initiative was founded in 2013 by ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)