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:

Mark your calendars: 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

Overview: The University Libraries conducted a local study of Data Management Plans (DMPs) included in successful National Science Foundation grant applications from January 2011 - June 2014 in order to better understand the ongoing needs of campus researchers for managing and sharing their research data. Participation in the study was opt-in by U of M principal investigators (PIs) on the grants and, thanks to support from our liaisons for soliciting participation, the libraries collected 182 data management plans for our study, accounting for 41% of the total number of plans available in that period. Overall, the College of Science of Engineering accounted for the majority of plans, accounting for 70% of the plans included in the review. The results of this study will inform the development of robust and targeted data services, both from the libraries and our campus partners, that aim to increase the impact of research produced at the University of Minnesota. 

Presenter: Lisa Johnston & Carolyn Bishoff: Associate Librarians

To remote access the meeting - follow these steps it will be available after 3PM on the day of the meeting.

Meeting Number 741 351 921
Meeting Link: RDM iCOP May 14, 2015

Past Events (click for notes):

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