Research Data Management (RDM) iCoP


We are an informal community of practice (iCoP) for researchers and service providers on campus to discuss issues around research data management: storage, security, archiving, sharing, preservation - and beyond. Recent requirements by federal funding agencies (eg. NSF) and upcoming changes by the White House (OSTP Memo) have accelerated the already rapid growth of data management needs of research on campus. Let's talk about how these needs are being addressed and look for opportunities to partner and learn from one another. 

See our upcoming meeting schedule and notes from past events.

News and Updates:

March 16, 2017:

Title: Thinking Spatially and the Spatial Data Lifecycle


Spatial thinking and research are rapidly emerging intellectual foci throughout academia. Spatial science employs technologies to understand people, places, and processes on the earth. Recent articles in Nature and Science are among the growing number that describe how Geographic Information Science (GIS) or Spatial Science is being discovered by a wide array of disciplines as both an integrative approach and research topic in and of itself. 

Our talk will give an overview of the spatial tools and resources available to researchers at the University. We will update progress on the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project and Data Locker, infrastructure that support researchers throughout the lifecycle of their projects. We will discuss challenges of shifting between storage of active spatial data projects and long-term preservation.

When: March 16, 2017 at 3:30pm

Where: Walter 402

Speakers: Melinda Kernik, Spatial Data Analyst and Curator, University of Minnesota Libraries, and

                 Len Kne, Associate Director, U-Spatial


Link to Webex:

03-16-17 RDM iCOP - Thinking Spatially and the Spatial Data Lifecycle

Past Events (click for notes):

February 16, 2017:

Title: Data, Retractions, and the Complexities of Discovering Flawed Science


Scholarly publications are retracted for a myriad of reasons, from minor human error to widespread data falsification.  We will highlight examples of data horror stories that resulted in retractions and provide strategies that could have prevented these nightmare scenarios. The presenters will also emphasize the discovery of retractions.  In some cases, journals move swiftly to indicate that a publication has been retracted, and the bibliographic platforms (e.g., PubMed, PsycINFO) are notified. Using a sample of 144 retracted papers in mental health, we explore how retractions are reflected across eight platforms. We discuss current and in-development tools that bring awareness to these issues and summarize the current retraction climate, tools used to distinguish retractions, and identify stakeholders including the Center For Scientific Integrity (parent organization for Retraction Watch), the Center For Open Science, and the Committee on Publication Ethics.

When: February 16, 2017 at 3:30pm

Where: Walter 402

Speakers: Amy Riegelman and Caitlin Bakker

Link to Webex:

02-16-17 RDM iCOP - Data, Retractions, and Complexities of Discovering Flawed Science

November 10, 2016:

Title:  Reproducibility in Research Event 

Overview: The “replication crisis” in science has been headlining academic journals and popular press alike, calling into question research findings in fields ranging from biomedicine to psychology. As a result, researchers around the world have been making their work more transparent, open, and reproducible. 

Want to learn more about what researchers here at Minnesota are doing to incorporate these practices into their work, as well as tools and services that can help you do the same? Join us for the Reproducible Research event at the Research Data Management informal community of practice! 

When: Thursday, November 103:30-5pm

Where: Walter Library 402 (and webex)

What: Lightning talks given by UMN faculty, students, and staff about their reproducible work, tools, and services. There will be opportunities to help shape future events and workshops on these topics. 

Speakers include:
Riche Lenne, Psychology
Caitlin Bakker, Libraries
Mike Beckstrand, Ph.D., Liberal Arts Technologies & Innovation Services
Julian Wolfson, Ph.D., Biostatistics
Rebecca Davis, Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine 
Kevin Silverstein, Ph.D., Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
Ethan Young, Psychology
Josh Bishoff, Libraries
Althea ArchMiller, Ph.D., Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, Conservation Biology
Frank Sayre, Libraries
Alicia Hofelich Mohr, Ph.D., Liberal Arts Technologies & Innovation Services

October 6,  2016  Walter Library 402  3:30-5:00pm

Title: Secure Storage/HIPAA Center of Excellence/Proofpoint

Presenters: Alicia Hofelich Mohr, Ph.D., CLA-LATIS / Mike Langhus, Storage Owner, OIT

Overview: You may have heard about the new tool, Box Secure Storage, but don’t know what it’s for or how to get started using it. This presentation will highlight the security features of Box, the types of data you can store in Box, and how to use it as part of a secure research workflow. We will also talk about other security offerings through the HIPAA Center for Excellence, including Proofpoint, which is a secure email tool for faculty, students, and staff in the AHC.  

Link to Webex:

RDM iCoP - October-20161006 2029-1
Thursday, October 6, 2016
3:29 pm  |  Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Play recording (58 min)
Recording password: (This recording does not require a password.)

April 7, 2016   Blegen 445  3:30-5:00pm

Title: Teching up Qualitative Research - Atlas.Ti, NVivo, and Qualitative Analysis

PresentersMichael Beckstrand, Ph.D., Mixed Methods Research Associate

Overview: Qualitative research has long been done long-hand and with analog tools of highlighter, paper, and pen. Atlas.TI and NVivo are qualitative content management and analysis tools that allow for the organization of text/audio/visual source materials, tagging/coding down to the character level, and advanced querying and report building. In this talk, I'll broadly introduce these tools, supported by many colleges and computer labs around the U, while focusing specifically on features and considerations for managing source material, transcription, collaboration, and (minimally) visualization.

Link to Webex:

May 11, 2016   *Walter 402    1:00pm-3:00pm *Note: location  and time change* 

Title: Open Science FrameWork

Overview: The Libraries and LATIS will be putting on a workshop using the Open Science Framework - an online tool for research sharing and management.   (More to follow)

March 10, 2016   

Title: Where's That Data? Spatial data discovery at the University of Minnesota and across the CIC

PresentersKevin Dyke, Spatial Data Analyst/Curator, University Libraries


Spatial data can be defined as broadly as any data with a locational component. Land parcels, salmon spawning grounds, 100 year floodplain modeling, outbreaks of flu -- these are all potential examples of spatial data. Although more common in certain disciplines than others, spatial data possesses a heterogeneity that reaches across the University. This heterogeneity often makes finding spatial data a fraught undertaking. In this talk Kevin will discuss and demo what the University Libraries and U-Spatial are doing to improve spatial data discovery. He will also talk about a current project involving nine Big Ten institutions (with Minnesota as the lead) aimed at exposing spatial data resources across the participating universities.

Link to Webex:

February 4, 2016   

Title: EarthCube: Transforming Data in the Geosciences

PresentersAnders Noren, Director, Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office, Department of Earth Sciences


The NSF EarthCube Initiative is a broad effort to engage the geoscience community and transform the culture and cyberinfrastructure for handling and using data. It envisions not top-down or monolithic solutions but a more deliberate process of community governance and distributed input to the funding process to address specific incremental needs. Activities Noren has led or co-led such as the EarthCube End-User Domain Workshop: Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeoscience (Feb 2013); EarthCube Research Coordination Networks (RCNs): C4P/Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeoscience and iSamples/Internet of Samples in the Earth Sciences (both ongoing); and outputs and related activities of these efforts, provide examples of work towards domain and community goals.


December 3, 2015

Title: Gopher Science Network + Globus: Modern networking tools for collaboration

PresentersCharles Nguyen, IT Manager for St Anthony Falls Lab (SAFL) and Polar Geospatial Center (PGC)
Jeff McDonald - Assistant Director of HPC Operations/MSI
Jim Wilgenbusch - Associate Director of MSI


The Gopher Science Network (GSN) is the upcoming next-generation research and education resource at the University. It’s designed to remove the network as a barrier to collaboration and increase access to centralized resources. Designed with 10/40/100Gbps links connecting various buildings on campus, GSN will be initially deployed in early 2016 to locations identified in the proposal. GSN will later be expanded to other users on campus who can take advantage of the new network. Along with the GSN discussion, we will also demonstrate Globus, a file transfer and sharing tool used by many research institutions. Globus is often used to transfer files to HPC resources but has other features such as peer-to-peer sharing, API support, and S3 functionality.

Link to the recording:

Link to the presentation:

Title: Earth Cube  (postponed for a later date)

Presenters: Anders Noven  

Overview: EarthCube is a large NSF initiative - bridging geo-scientists and computer scientists together to help solve larger unaddressed issues.

A major area of interest is related to data management (both computational and physical samples)

Thursday, Oct 1, 3:30pm

Title: Overview and update on the Secure Data Storage Project

Presenters: Mike Langhus & Alicia Hofelich Mohr

Overview: A team from across the University, including the Office of Information Technology, the Academic Health Center, the College of Liberal Arts, School of Public Health, UM Informatics Institute, University Information Security, and the College of Education and Human Development, are working to establish a common-good solution for storing and sharing highly sensitive and HIPAA data. Currently, the only implementation of compliant storage is within AHC and the AHC is currently not funded to support users University-wide. With Netfiles retirement, there is also a gap in secure collaboration tools available. We will present an overview of the work this team has been doing to address this problem, as well as the current state of the technologies we plan to recommend as possible solutions. 

Secure Storage Project Update: Streaming Presentation

Secure Storage Project Update: Download the Presentation

Secure Storage Presentation (pdf) : Link

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Time: 3:30-5:00 PM

Where: Blegen Hall 445 (West Bank)

Topic: Review of Data Management Plans (DMSs) from Successful National Science Foundation Grants from the U of MN, 2011-2014

Presenter: Lisa Johnston & Carolyn Bishoff: Associate Librarians

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2015

Topic: CLA-OIT Elevator

Presenter: Rebecca Moss, Assistant Director for Projects and Services, CLA-OIT

Download Elevator Presentation Media Hub Link: Only -Issues with Audio (Our apologies) 

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Topic: Securing Data: Panel Discussion with:

Lori Ketola, Chief Health Information Compliance Officer, Academic Health Center
Brian Dahlin, Chief Information Security Officer, University Information Security
Colby Reese, Server Operations Manager, Academic Health Center Information Systems
Patton Fast, Enterprise Architect, Office of Information Technology
Patrick Hayes, Managing Director, Seccuris (an information security consulting and managed services firm)

Date: February 5, 2015

Presenter: Larry Storey (IT Service Coordination Service Director)

Topic: This presentation included an overview of the new service, which holistically considers enterprise IT services from an end user perspective. Larry also discussed information regarding the IT Liaison service offering, its maturation, and how it can help researchers across the institution

Date: January 8 2015

Presenters: Simone Vuoung and Frank Strahan from the Environment Health Sciences Team (SPH)

Topic: The experiences, and lessons learned when the EHS team had to comply with FISMA standards on two projects they were working on.

Date: December 4 2014, 3:30pm
Presenter: David Naughton

Topic:   UMN API  

The UMN API provides common infrastructure, allowing easy access to UMN data for departments, organizations, students, and the public, via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). This infrastructure handles common tasks and concerns, such as performance, security, usage tracking, standards for metadata schemata, and discovery, with all API endpoints and available data in one central catalog. Most research data repositories have focused on formatting data to be used by humans, or already-existing applications manually run by humans. An API is much more flexible, allowing data to be used by applications, even entirely new applications waiting to be written by imaginative programmers. UMN API team member David Naughton, of the University Libraries, will give an overview of the project and lead a discussion exploring its possible uses for research data.

October 16, 2014

Please mark your calendars for our first fall meeting: Nov 6, 2014 from 3:00-4:30 PM in Room 402 Walter Library.  

Claudia Neuhauser, the Director of the newly formed University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) will be the featured speaker. In addition to her work with UMII (see more below), she has been leading the development of a new University-wide policy on Research Data Management. 

The Office of the Vice President for Research founded the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) in January 2014 to foster data-intensive research across a wide range of disciplines and applications, including agriculture, engineering, environment, health, humanities, and social sciences. UMII provides analytics services, supports researchers in data-intensive research, partners with industry, and facilitates educational activities. 

We are looking forward to seeing many of you there! 

October 3, 2104

Thanks to all who attended our RDM iCoP kick off happy hour last week! We had a great turn out and lots of interesting discussion. 

If you were unable to make it, but want to share your thoughts on what you would like to see this year or if you would be willing to present, let us know! You can send an email to Mike ( or me ( 

Look for an email soon with details about our next meeting.


Alicia and Mike