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Data Services

Data Services at the University at Albany are a coordinated effort between the University Libraries, Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Data Management and Analytics Center (DMAC), in collaboration with the Division for Research, Office of General Counsel, and others.

We provide support for finding, managing, analyzing, and sharing and preserving your research data.

Find Data

Our subject librarians can help you with disciplinary-specific data repository queries.  

  • Registry of Research Data Repositories is an interdisciplinary registry of data repositories with global coverage. Use this when starting a project and for guidance finding data.
     

  • Data.gov provides data, tools, and resources to conduct research with the U.S. Government’s open data. UAlbany’s Government Information Research Guides provide additional sources. 
      

  • ICPSR is an archive of social and behavioral science data. UAlbany is an institutional member. If you would like to access (or deposit) data there and have questions, contact Elaine Lasda, Subject Librarian for Social Welfare and Reference, UAlbany’s ICPSR representative.

Additionally, DMAC staff can help faculty and research staff obtain data from both governmental and commercial data vendors. The team also assists with negotiating terms with data vendors. 

Manage Data

Create a Data Management Plan

Data management planning and data sharing are often required obligations of grant funding. A journal's data sharing policy may require your research data and underlying code is made publicly available as a show of commitment to reproducibility efforts.

Create data management plans with DMPTool, a free online application, which has a helpful Quick Start Guide

Sample data management plans

Consult this list to find sample plans.

Contact us about DMPTool or to
have your data management plan reviewed

[NB: Please expect a week’s turnaround time.]

 

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Additional Resources

As you start to think about organizing and describing your data you may also find some of these resources helpful:

Manage Secure Datasets

ITS advises faculty about data security and storage options.

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) must approve the management plan for any secure dataset. The office of the CISO is available to consult on data use agreements as needed, as the CISO is the signatory authority for any secure dataset. All datasets should be classified using the CISO data classification standards.

Collect and Document Data

DMAC can provide support with survey data collection as well as qualitative and mixed methods approaches.

DMAC and the Libraries offer data documentation support (e.g., metadata and “read-me” consultations), so critical for finding, using, sharing, and preserving data. To help get you started, you may want to explore the following:

Contact Scholarly Communications for additional support.

Store and Analyze your Data

ITS provides 10 TB of shared storage for research groups and a 10-GB home directory quota, accessible either on personal computers or the general purpose cluster. ITS manages local high-performance computing (HPC), including a 22-node research cluster for general purpose use. All researchers at the university can leverage this instrument to enable scientific discovery.  See real-time cluster availability.

ITS offers personalized help including grant costing, data analytics or visualization collaboration, software installation on the cluster, and resource optimization support, along with other support services.

All faculty at the University have free access to XSEDE, a National Science Foundation-funded HPC system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. There are two XSEDE Campus Champions who can help you get started, Dr. Nicholas Schiraldi (ITS, nschiraldi@albany.edu ) and Kevin Tyle (DAES, ktyle@albany.edu ).

In collaboration with ITS, DMAC provides storage and security support for research projects. 

Share and Preserve your Data

In addition to meeting funder and journal requirements, there are many benefits to you and the larger scholarly community when you share your data, and you have many options for doing so.

  • Scholars Archive 
    Use UAlbany’s institutional repository, Scholars Archive, for preserving and sharing your research publications and associated data. While there is no storage limit for individuals, there is a practical upload limit of about 15-20 GB for an individual primary or supplemental file.
     

  • Registry of Research Data Repositories
    Share your data in a disciplinary-specific repository.  

Your subject librarians can help you find the most appropriate home for your data.

UAlbany’s M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives preserves and provides access to data if is focused on one of their collecting areas: New York State politics, the death penalty, the local capital region, or the University. We can help you navigate this process.

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Please contact us with any questions you may have. We are here to help.

About Us

Data Services at the University at Albany are a coordinated effort between the University Libraries, Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Data Management and Analytics Center (DMAC), in collaboration with the Division for Research, Office of General Counsel, and others.

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank MIT Libraries’ Data Management Service , Cornell’s Research Data Management Service Group , UNH’s Data Management Toolkit , NYU Libraries’ Data Services , and UC Santa Cruz Library’s Research Data Management guide for the open licensing of their content, which we used to build this resource for the UAlbany community.