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Best Practice and Education

Best Practices

Want to know more about the lifecycle of research data? Unsure of where to begin when it comes to understanding how and why data is so important to reproducibility and open science? The resources below will get you started. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions; our services include data management consultations and lecture- or workshop-based education.


Data Management Guide

UW Libraries' introduction to Data Management. You'll find information relevant to all stages of the research lifecycle - from Data Management Plans in the grant-writing process, to Organization and Format during data collection, to Sharing and Archiving your data post-publication. Check out our FAQ page for quick reference.


Reproducibility and Open Science Working Group

The UW eScience Reproducibility and Open Science Working Group meets regularly and hosts seminars to discuss the issues and practices around tools and practices to enhance data sharing, preservation, provenance, and reproducibility. See our https://guides.lib.uw.edu/research/reproducibility for an overview of computational reproducibility, including resources and tools, information on best coding practices, and how to best share your research products.


Open Access

Information about the UW Faculty Senate Open Access policy, and open access in general, can be found in our Open Access Guide.


Workshops and Education

Our staff offer a consistent rotation of educational workshops on tools, resources and services available through the Libraries. Workshops can also be custom-made to fit your class or lab needs. Contact us at libdata@uw.edu if you're interested in hearing about UW workshop options.


Research Data Management Workshop

Twice a year, the UW Libraries teaches a four-day Canvas class to help researchers better manage research data and preserve it for long-term use. Topics include data management planning, funder requirements for data sharing, metadata, tips to help keep research organized, sharing/archiving/preservation, and an introduction to tools and on-campus support. Email libdata@uw.edu to find out when the next class will be offered; information for a previous iteration of the workshop is available.



Workshops and Class Sessions

Libraries staff can provide in-class or drop-in sessions on the concepts mentioned above, or on the tools listed on our Tools for Researchers page.