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Data Management & Curation


Major funding agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health now require grant proposal packages to include a data management plan that outlines characteristics of data, access and sharing policies, provisions for reuse, and plans for preserving the data. While this benefits the research community by maximizing the utility of research outputs and enabling the validation of published research results, they also place additional burden on the researcher whose scientific productivity is critical.

The Odum Institute Data Archive offers consultation on all aspects of research data management to help ease this burden. Brief consultations (availability permitting) are offered at no charge to UNC students, faculty, and staff. We offer review of data management plans, assistance with data archiving solutions, and other guidance on planning for and implementing best practices for data management across the research lifeycle.

To download a PDF outlining our data curation and verification services, please click here.

Service Tiers

To further accommodate the varying data management needs of the research community, the Odum Institute Data Archive offers three tiers of data repository support. While the Institute is committed to making research data as openly accessible as possible, we also must take into account the costs associated with staffing and infrastructure involved in data archiving processes that make data discoverable, accessible, and usable over the long term.

Because funding agencies require data management, it is reasonable that the grant proposal budget includes funding for data management. NSF has stated specifically that the budget “address the costs of implementing the Data Management Plan…as long as the costs are allowable in accordance with the applicable cost principles” (NSF, 2010). Similarly, NIH acknowledges the cost of preparing data for sharing with the research community. The NIH Data Sharing and Implementation Guidance (2003) states that “applicants can request funds for data sharing and archiving in their grant application.”  Therefore, researchers may choose to include in their grant budget and its justification the cost of the Odum Institute’s Data Management Services.

The Odum Institute makes basic data repository tools and resources available to the research community at no cost. These user-friendly tools enable researchers to manage, archive, and share their data. By offering this service at no cost, the Odum Institute demonstrates its commitment to open data, which enables and encourages data sharing. The Self-Service level of data repository support relies on the individual client to perform data management tasks such as preparing data files, generating metadata, and uploading data into the UNC Dataverse.

For researchers who would prefer the guidance of Odum Institute Data Archive staff to help ensure compliance with archival standards and best practices, the Institute offers a mid-level Guided Service tier. Guided Service minimizes the initial set-up of the Dataverse and allows the researcher to perform the less complicated and time-consuming tasks of the data archiving process. Knowledgeable Data Archive staff will work with the client to determine the most appropriate organization of data files, controlled vocabularies for descriptive metadata, and file access levels. At the client’s request, Data Archive staff will also provide initial training on use of the Dataverse and avail themselves for assistance throughout the process.

The Lifecycle Service level provides comprehensive data curation with Data Archive staff dedicated to ensuring the client’s data management needs are being met throughout all stages of the research lifecycle from project planning to data archiving.

Guided Service
$3,000 + per dataset fee*
Lifecycle Service
$5,000 + per dataset fee*
UNC Dataverse tool accessXXX
Data citation generationXXX
Persistent identification (DOI)XXX
Basic utilization reportingXXX
Long-term preservationXXX
Standardized metadataXXX
User supportlimitedstandarddedicated
Introductory Dataverse software trainingXX
Dataset collection arrangementXX
Metadata template developmentXX
Data Management Plan implementationX
File format normalizationX
Data file reviewX
Access policy enforcementX
Education and training program developmentX

*Per dataset fee is estimated based on type and scale of project data determined during initial consultation with project personnel.

Specialized Services

The Odum Institute Data Archive, working with the Cyberinfrastructure Group, offers specialized services for research projects that require special provisions for data handling. These services include:

  • Data de-identification
  • Data security strategies support
  • Research impact materials development
  • Replication data verification

For more information about the Odum Institute’s Data Management Services, contact