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Research Data and Working From Home

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While you are working from home, this is a great time to do data-wrangling tasks. Cleaning up your files, re-naming, storing data in safe and appropriate places, and refreshing your skills are all work that can be done remotely.  

Remember that the UConn Library Research Data Services team is here to help with questions about these tasks, preparing Data Management Plans, and finding repositories or other resources for your data. Don’t hesitate to email us at! 


The UConn IT Guide to Telecommuting includes information about accessing file storage and remote access.  

UConn IT also has a guide on Security Best Practices for Telecommuting which offers tips about backing up and storing files on both university-owned and personal devices.  

Do you have an ORCID iD? It’s free and easy to sign up, and only takes 30 seconds. Sign up at This is a great way to share and track your research output.   

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your iD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors. 

How Can We Help You?

Welcome to the Research Data Management library guide.   We are here to guide you through best practices in research data management and available data storage options at UConn.  Please click on the tabs to the left for more information.

  • Do you need help with knowing where to backup your data?
  • Do you need help with completing a Data Management plan because you received a grant?
  • Are you a faculty member who would like for us to offer your students a data management workshop?
  • Do you need to know about storage options for your data on campus?
  • Do you need help with finding an open access repository for your research?  We know of many subject specific repositories online.

As research data management outreach librarians, we can respond to these questions!

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Disclaimer:  This guide is for educational and informational purposes only. Advice and information about best practices is for your benefit only and does not imply that following this information will guarantee grant awards or publication of research articles.

Data Management News:

There is a new letter from the National Science Foundation regarding effective practices for data management.  I have included the link below:

What is Research Data Management?

Research data management is the process of ensuring that your data is organized, accessible, clearly understood, and preserved for future access.

Data can be Excel spreadsheets, images, code, or any files that you use to complete your research. 

Metadata is the information that defines what your data is about and what it describes.  Good metadata is a part of good research data management.  Someone who does not know your research personally should be able to understand what your data is describing because of the metadata that accompanies the data.

Good metadata is a love note to the future

Remember when you conduct your research, what if you come back to look at it in a year or two?  Will you still understand what your data is about?  Good metadata ensures that you or another researcher will be able to make sense of what your data describes, monitors, etc.

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