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: November, 5, 3:30pm

Where: Blegen 445 (West bank)

Title: Earth Cube

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)

Meeting number: To be added shortly
Link to meeting: To be added shortly

Past Events (click for notes):

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