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Data Management: General Info

This guide is directed at researchers involved in projects that require a data management strategy.

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VIUSpace is a digital repository created to capture, distribute and provide stable long-term storage for digital products of VIU faculty, researchers, and senior students.  VIUSpace runs on the DSpace platform.

Individual Consultation

You may arrange an appointment with Kathleen Reed, VIU Assessment & Data Librarian, to discuss your data management needs.  Contact info is on the far right.  She can help you find a secure place for your data.


Working with electronic data?  Take the MANTRA Data Management Training course.

This is a non-credit, free course which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management.  The course is particularly appropriate for postgraduate students and early career researchers who work with data and would like to learn more about managing their research data. The course content is mainly geared for three disciplines: geosciences, social and political sciences and clinical psychology, however, many of the issues covered apply equally to all research disciplines.

Canadian News

The 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit, Mapping the Data Landscape, was held on September 14 and 15, 2011. Over 150 leading players and decision-makers from government, private sector, academia and NGOs worked on formulating a shared strategy for addressing the challenges and opportunities for maximizing the benefits of our collective investment in research data in Canada.  Read more at:

What's a Data Management Plan?

A data management plan (DMP) is a formal document that outlines how you will handle your data both during your research, and after the project is completed. The goal of a data management plan is to consider the many aspects of data management, metadata generation, data preservation, and analysis before the project begins; this ensure that data are well-managed in the present, and prepared for preservation in the future.

Why Archive?

There are a number of reasons why researchers choose to archive their data:

  • Increase publicity for your work
  • Compliance with the regulations of funding bodies
  • Make grant proposals more competititve
  • Ensure long-term access to your work
  • Enable other researchers to utilize and build on your work

Creative Commons Flickr photo by: Ian-S

Managing Research Data

Produced by Piers Video Production, this short documentary, Digital Curation Centre: Managing Research Data, offers a unique insight into the importance of providing access to research data and the risks of not managing data effectively. It also explains how the DCC could help researchers, research support staff and HE institutions by offering guidance, training and tools

Closed captioning (on-screen display of the video's text transcription) is available, please click on a 'cc' button to enable captioning during playback.

Subject Guide

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Kathleen Reed
Assessment and Data Librarian
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 5S5

Phone: 250-753-3245
Local: 2271