Data curation is the active management of data throughout its lifecycle. This includes creation, manipulation, analysis, visualization, preservation, access, and re-use. Several options may be employed to manage data appropriately and no one scenario will fit every researcher. This website is intended to act as a clearing house for information from various departments on campus, as well as from funding agencies and fellow researchers. 

Effective Data Management: from the grant proposal to publication

posted Jan 18, 2012, 9:37 AM by

Writing an NSF or NIH grant proposal? Interested in tips, tricks, and best practices of data management? Don’t know what services and people are available to help? Amanda Rinehart, E-Sciences Librarian and Jaime Combariza, Executive Director of the Center for Computing and Visualization, will present best practices and answer questions Tuesday, January 31st, 2-4 PM in the Science Center, 3rd floor, room 315. Light refreshments provided.

Feds request Feedback

posted Nov 8, 2011, 1:33 PM by

The Office of Science and Technology has posted a Request for Information regarding “long-term stewardship and encouraging broad public access to unclassified digital data that result from federally funded scientific research”. They cite thirteen specific areas of interest, such as:

 “How could federal agencies take into account inherent differences between scientific disciplines and different types of digital data when developing policies on the management of data?” [emphasis mine]

Read more here…

Data Management Double Feature

posted Nov 4, 2011, 9:49 AM by

Writing an NSF grant proposal?

Want to improve your data management skills?
Casey Dunn (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), the Center for Computing and Visualization (CCV) and the Brown University Library present:  

Data Management Double Feature
Tuesday, November 15th, from 2-4pm in the Science Center (3rd floor of the Science Library)

2 - 3pm: Casey Dunn presents:

“Creating a data management ecosystem”


3 - 4pm: Jaime Combariza (Executive Director, CCV) and Amanda Rinehart (E-Science Librarian) present:

“Anatomy of a NSF data management plan”

Light refreshments provided. Please register at

DMPTool just released

posted Nov 2, 2011, 12:17 PM by   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 12:26 PM ]

The University of California has been working on an interactive data management plan generator. It doesn't cover all NSF directorates, but it does include NIH, NEH, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. So far, it is the most comprehensive user-friendly tool to date. Check it out at:

Amanda Rinehart
E-Science Librarian

E-Science Librarian Position Filled

posted Sep 21, 2011, 11:04 AM by   [ updated Oct 31, 2011, 12:19 PM ]

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that Amanda Rinehart has accepted our offer to become the new eScience Librarian.  She will begin her new post on Monday, August 29, 2011.  

Amanda comes to us from the USDA's Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida.  She has an MS in Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.  Recently she has also served as the scholarly communications consultant to the Society of Nematologists and as a volunteer at the Miley Library of Indian River State College.  She has a wide range of interests including travel, autism, fragile X research, community gardening, multivariate statistics and science communication.  

Amanda will be located in Rockefeller Library 103 along with our new Digital Humanities Librarian, Jean Bauer (who begins today), and Tom Stieve our Social Sciences Data Librarian. 


Edwin A. (Ned) Quist
Associate University Librarian for Research and Outreach
Brown University Library

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