Research Data Management Across the Disciplines

LIS 341 (1 credit)

  • When: Week of June 10, 2013 (5 mornings; homework in afternoons)
  • Instructor: Dorothea Salo

This course prepares graduate students (including research assistants and dissertators) to look after research-generated data responsibly. Assignments and activities will be tailored to students' own disciplines and research projects. Students will at minimum leave class with a sensible data-management plan for the entire data lifecycle of one research project.

Topics will include:

  • Data-management policies (UW-Madison, journals, funders, individual projects)
  • Organizing and naming data files; data workflows
  • Short-term data hygiene (backups, versioning tools)
  • Long-term data archiving
  • Data publishing and sharing
  • File-format management (including standards where available)
  • Metadata (including standards where available)
  • Finding, reusing, and citing existing datasets
  • Law relevant to data management (intellectual-property law, human-subjects protection law such as HIPAA and FERPA)
  • Data security; managing sensitive data
  • Resources (instructional, human, technological) that help with data management

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Can't take the course, but interested in the topic?

This course was designed and developed by Research Data Services, which would be happy to reprise it in whole or in part for:

  • Class sections (research-methods, lab courses)
  • Workshops or brownbags
  • Seminar series
  • Orientation events
  • Student-organization events

Contact RDS to propose an event.


Ask course instructor Dorothea Salo (email salo at; call 265-4733; come to 4261 Helen C. White Hall).