Data Management Guidance, Tools & Resources

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that all grant proposals be accompanied by a data management plan. Other federal funding agencies have similar requirements or will have soon. This guide will serve as a starting point to guide researchers through the data life cycle process with available tools either on campus or through the California Digital Library (CDL).

Data Collection Tools

Data Processing Tools

Data Management Resources

  • CELDAC (Comparative Effectiveness Large Dataset Analysis Core): provides information and guidance for working with large datasets.
  • CTSI Consultation Services provides expert advice in a wide range of subject areas, including data management issues such as how to design databases and workflow to support studies, integrated Data Repository (IDR) extracts, assistance with querying existing databases, consultations for Comparative Effectiveness Large Data Set Analysis and other data management needs  (initial hour of consultation is free of charge).
  • Data Management for Clinical Research Online Course.  Coursera offers FREE online courses in a variety of subjects and specialties from 62 leading Universities and Colleges worldwide. UCSF is one of the teaching institutions, and new Universities are signing up every month. You do not receive a grade for the class, but if you participate and successfully complete all assignments and tests then you receive a certificate upon completion. All you have to do is go to the site, create a login, browse offered courses and sign up. When the course is about to begin you will receive an email with all the details. This course is called Data Management for Clinical Research, and it is being offered by Vanderbilt University (the creators of REDCap). Here is the link to the class details:
  • EpiBiostat has a data management group specializing in services for multi-center clinical trials. 
  • UCSF DataShare is a data repository service for the University of California that accepts a wide variety of data formats and meets funder and publisher requirements for data sharing.
  • The Research Data and Technology Group at the SF Coordinating Center is a small, agile team of programmers and network administration personnel who excel in developing and implementing innovative database and technology solutions with a low-cost, fast turnaround.
  • The University of California Curation Center (UC3) is a creative partnership bringing together the expertise and resources of the California Digital Library (CDL), the ten UC campuses, and the broader international curation community to foster collaborative analysis, projects, and solutions to ensure the long-term viability and usability of curated digital content. Please contact UC3 for more information.