Research Data Management Services

Research Data Management support from Emory Libraries & Information Technology Services (LITS) serves the faculty, students and staff of Emory by assisting with data management and curation issues and promoting best practices for sharing and preserving data throughout the research lifecycle. Professionals with data management expertise come from several different areas of LITS and offer a variety of support, including assistance with data management plans, locating and accessing data sources, metadata and data documentation questions, data storage options, and identifying appropriate data repositories for long-term access.

Our resources and services are coordinated to align with phases of the research lifecycle*. For assistance with:


  • Data Management Plans: Assistance preparing and reviewing data management or data sharing plans accompanying grant proposals to funding agencies such as the NSF, NEH and NIH, including institutional authentication to access the DMPTool for writing data management plans. Please contact us at for help.


  • Metadata and Data Documentation: Guidance in selecting an appropriate metadata standard to document research data in a range of disciplines and formats. For more information about metadata (or “data about data”), please see Emory’s Metadata 101 page.
  • Data Analysis: Assistance locating and accessing data, and managing and preparing data for analysis in statistical programs and geographic information systems. Specialized software and computing resources are available in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.
  • Data Storage Options: Guidance in selecting an appropriate storage platform for managing and sharing research data, including considerations for sensitive data.


  • Open Access Publishing Fund: Fees associated with archiving data underlying an open access (OA) publication may be covered up to $100. Please see the Open Access Publishing Fund page for more information, or contact the Scholarly Communications Office at
  • Where to Publish and Share Data: Assistance with author agreements and book contracts, copyright questions, open access publication, and permissions is provided by the Scholarly Communications Office. Guidance for sharing data underlying publications is highlighted under the Preservation and Dissemination sections below.
  • NIH Public Access Compliance: Guidance to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy for peer-reviewed articles resulting from NIH grant funded research.


  • Data Archiving: Assistance selecting an appropriate disciplinary repository for research data. To arrange a consultation, please contact us at


  • Dataverse @ Emory: An open repository of Emory research data, supporting long-term and sustainable access for data underlying publications in peer-reviewed journals. For more information, please see the Emory Dataverse guide.

For questions about pre-award grant submissions from Emory, please consult the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For assistance with issues regarding compliance with federal funding agency requirements, please consult the Office of Research Compliance.

* For an overview of the research lifecycle as it relates to data management support and services, see the University of Central Florida’s Research Lifecycle at UCF model.

Research Data Management Staff

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Jennifer Doty
Research Data Librarian

(404) 727-0498