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Research Guides

Research Data Management

Unlimited Storage on Google Drive for VCU Faculty and Staff

Google Drive (part of Google Apps for Education provided by VCU to staff and faculty) can be used to store non-sensitive data and some sensitive data (see Allowable Data box on Google Drive page )  Faculty and staff at VCU have unlimited storage but it is important to be careful about what you store and how you set up your files. Read more on allowable data and how to secure your files and folders.

Taking Care of Your Data

Research Data Life Cycle

Research Life Cycle courtesy of University of Virginia Library, Data Management Consulting Group

  • If you start planning early you can save time later when your data is easy to find, use, analyze, and share with your collaborators.
  • Proper storage and backups help prevent data loss.
  • Some funders require a data management plan. The DMPTool will make sure you include everything in the requirements.
  • Some journals now require data to be deposited and made available in a repository.
  • Storing your data with proper documentation will make sure others can discover and build on your research and you will get credit when others use your data.

What RDM at VCU Libraries Can Do For You.

If you have observational, experimental, simulation, derived, or compiled data, we can help:

  • Assist you in developing and writing your data management plan. Have you included types of data, standards, policies for access and sharing, archiving and preservation plans?
  • Teach a workshop so your research team or students know how to organize and manage data.
  • Connect you with other VCU groups that can help with the storage, security, and analysis of your data.
  • Assist you in identifying data repositories to preserve and share your data.
  • Help with metadata and documentation to make your data searchable and assure you are credited.


If the data you need still exists;
If you found the data you need;
If you understand the data you found;
If you trust the data you understand;
If you can use the data you trust;
Someone did a good job of data management.

Rex Sanders - USGS-Santa Cruz