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Research Data Management

General information on research data management at the University of Calgary

Start by checking the Data Curation Network's list of primers, which includes guidance to many common data formats, as well as a very good guide to sharing human subjects data.

Below is a selection of other guidance on data-sharing for specific disciplines or types of data. 

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Health Sciences


Life Sciences

  • MDAR (Materials Design Analysis Reporting) Framework
    MDAR is a standard used by several major life sciences journals for reporting research. Many of the items in this standard involve the management of research data, so you may find it useful to review the checklist in conjunction with developing your DMP.

Social Sciences

  • ICPSR Guide to Social Science Data Preparation
    Guidance from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
  • Data Archiving and Dissemination (survey data)
    Guidance from the International Household Survey Network
  • Data Documentation Initiative
    An international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences. DDI is a free standard that can document and manage different stages in the research data lifecycle, such as conceptualization, collection, processing, distribution, discovery, and archiving.