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Services & Tools

We provide tools and customized services for:

  • Finding data to use
  • Providing guidance at any point in the data lifecycle
  • Assisting in writing or reviewing Data Management Plans
  • Training individuals, labs, or courses in data management best practices
  • Locating places to deposit data
  • Meeting funder requirements
  • Registering permanent identifiers for your data sets
  • Obtaining a unique digital identifier for you as a researcher
  • Leveraging resources to store data
  • Visualizing data

The tools below can help you get started.

If what you are looking for is not on the list, or if you have further questions, email libdata@uw.edu.


Simplify and streamline the process of writing your data management plan (DMP) by using Data Management Planning Tool (or, DMPTool). Log in by selecting University of Washington and using your NetID, and gain access to templates, other researcher’s DMPs, and share yours with the UW community.

If you’d like Research Data Services to help you create a custom template for your lab or research projects, email libdata@uw.edu.

Verification Letter for ResearchWorks Archive

If you plan to use ResearchWorks Archive to preserve your research data and need a verification letter for funders or other collaborators, you may use this template.


Make keeping track of your data sets, or other digital objects, more manageable by creating persistent identifiers. Research Data Services can help you register for an identifier via EZID (easy-eye-dee) to help you reference your own work in publications and allow others to cite your data. Email libdata@uw.edu to get started.


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier for researchers that distinguishes you from every other researcher and supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Data Resources Guide

Includes information and resources for finding and visualizing data.

Data Management Guide

Provides guidance and resources to the many aspects of research data management, including completing funder-required DMPs and tips for organization, metadata, and storage. Check the FAQ page for quick reference.

ResearchWorks Archive

ResearchWorks Archive is the University of Washington’s institutional repository. You can self-deposit data sets, which may meet your retention and sharing needs as you come to the end of a research project.

  • You can contact ResearchWorks Archive directly at rworks@uw.edu
  • Other questions about what repository is best for your data, email libdata@uw.edu


The Registry of Research Data Repositories is a global registry of research data repositories that cover many different academic disciplines. It presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets, and promotes a culture of sharing, increased access, and better visibility.