Michigan State University

Research Data Management Guidance (RDMG)


The Michigan State University Libraries support the University's mission of preservation, creation, transmission and application of knowledge by providing access to educational resources and services. To that end, the Libraries in conjunction with the University Archives offers a Research Data Management Guidance service to respond to the emerging concern surrounding research data management.

Service Areas

  • Research Data Planning & Design
  • Data Collection
  • Data Study & Analysis
  • Data Publishing, Sharing & Reuse
  • Long Term Storage

Target Clientele

  • Faculty Staff
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Other MSU-affiliated unit/department

Web Address



MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824


Description of Research Data Support Services

Research Data Planning & Design

  • Grant Writing: Data Management Plan Consultation to help researchers tailor data management best practices to their particular funding proposal. Consultants and researchers work together to gather and document the information necessary to develop a one-to-two page data management plan. Service offered free of charge.
  • Data Management: Training sessions to introduce researchers to practical data management skills, MSU-specific resources, and current data-related trends in funding and scholarly communication
  • Referrals: Assist researchers with making appropriate connections to distributed university research support services

Data Collection

  • Recommendation for purchases of general purpose or popular secondary data sets are welcomed and will be pursued contingent upon funding.

Data Study & Analysis

  • Instructional Support: Orient students to statistical information and data resources available through the library and on the Internet.

Data Publishing & Reuse

  • Intellectual property assistance (copyright, licensing, patenting, trademark): Consultation regarding copyright law and/or permissions.
  • Metadata assistance: Consultation regarding metadata standards and tools
  • Assistance identifying and facilitating access to data sets within the library’s collection and from outside resources. Individual consultations available in-person, by phone, and through email

Long Term Storage