For individual guidance or referrals regarding research data, please contact Jennie Correia, Social Sciences Librarian. Please also refer to the useful links and resources below for more information.
Data curation incorporates the entire process of planning for the collection of data, collecting the data, organizing and managing the data, analyzing the data, and visualizing the data.
Data preservation involves archiving, storing, or depositing data in a repository for long-term preservation in order to share the data, allow for the replication and verification of findings based on the data, and meet the requirements of funding agencies or organizations.
What programs and tools are used for data curation?
The program(s) or tool(s) you use for data curation may depend on both the type(s) of data you are collecting and any discipline-specific conventions. The Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) provides trainings and individual guidance for many of the commonly used programs and tools for data management and analysis, including spreadsheet applications such as Excel, statistical analysis software or programming languages such as Stata, R, SPSS, SAS, MATLAB, and Mathematica, and GIS software such as ArcGIS and QGIS. Please contact Alisa Rod to request a training, workshop, or ERC support for additional or new software or programs for the management or analysis of data.
The DiRT Directory is an excellent resource that provides user-contributed lists of digital research tools categorized by specific research activities.
UCLA's Institute for Digital Research and Education has a useful guide that "covers a number of common analyses and helps you choose among them based on the number of dependent variables (sometimes referred to as outcome variables), the nature of your independent variables (sometimes referred to as predictors)." The table also includes links to guides on how to perform each analysis in SAS, SPPS, Stata, and R.
I need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP) for my funding proposal/grant application. Can you help with that?
Please contact Barnard's Sponsored Research team directly for support, and see below for additional information and links to useful resources.
Columbia University provides many resources that are available to Barnard faculty members on the topic of data management. Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, through its Scholarly Communications Program, offers comprehensive online guides, resources, and templates for creating DMPs, including templates organized by specific funding agencies and organizations. The Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) also offers occasional workshops on Data Management Planning, which Barnard faculty members and students are welcome to attend.
The University of California DMPTool is an online resource that enables researchers to create tailored data management plans.
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) hosts guides and templates for DMPs, which may be particularly useful for social science researchers.
Where can I deposit my data for long-term preservation?
Barnard faculty members and students can archive/store their research data in Columbia's institutional repository, Academic Commons. Researchers can deposit all kinds and formats of data with Academic Commons (including scientific data). According to sample DMP text provided by CDRS, "Deposit in Academic Commons provides a permanent URL, secure replicated storage (multiple copies of the data, including onsite and offsite storage), accurate metadata, a globally accessible repository and the option for contextual linking between data and published research results." CDRS also provides a useful list of general and discipline-specific data repositories hosted at Columbia and elsewhere online.
Harvard's Dataverse is an open repository that researchers from all disciplines and from institutions worldwide may use to deposit their data.
figshare is a cloud-based research repository "where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner."
ICPSR is the go-to repository for the social sciences.
Zenodo is a repository hosted at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) for physicists and other scientists to "share, preserve and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that are not part of the existing institutional or subject-based repositories of the research communities."
Last updated August 25, 2016