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Research Data Management (RDM): Introduction

About this guide

This data management guide is a service for professors, researchers, and graduate students from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Here you will find tools, resources, and information related to research data management. 

Data Management Benefits

For researchers:

  • Makes it easier to understand your data
  • Avoids duplication of data
  • Reduces the risk of loss
  • Improves documentation related to the project
  • Facilitates search and reuse of data
  • Aids in the decision-making process 

For other users:

  • Improves the comprehension of data 
  • Allows the project to continue 
  • Promotes reproducibility and validation 
  • Increases visibility 
  • Diversifies collaboration opportunities 


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  • data management 
  • data management plan
  • research data management 
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Data Management at UPRM

Graduate Research and Innovation Center

  • Support for the creation and drafting of data management plans 
  • Consultations about data management best practices 
  • Development of informative documents related to data management 
  • Workshops about data management and the creation of data management plans  


General Library 
Jaquelina Álvarez & José J. Morales Benítez
(787) 832-4040, ext. 6229, 2309

Office of Proposal Development


  • ​Support for finding funds for research
  • Consultations for the creation of proposals 
  • Proposal revisions 
  • Workshops about managing proposals 


Investigation and Development Center
​​(787) 832-4040, ext. 5250
(787) 831-2065

What is data management?

Research Data Management (RDM), known is Spanish as Gestión de datos de investigación, refers to everything related to the organization, exchange, and management of data throughout what is known as the research data lifecycle. It focuses on an array of tasks that are necessary for your data to be trustworthy and reproducible, applying best practices in all phases: creation, analysis, dissemination, storage, preservation, and exchange. 

Ciclo de vida de los datos de investigación. Image from the webpage University of Virginia Library: Research Data Services, 

Data management is an important and mandatory part of research projects for the following reasons: 


  • Federal funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and others, require the submission of a data management and exchange plan during the process of requesting funds. 


  • The February 22, 2013 directive, published by the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House, establishes: "The Administration is committed to ensuring that, to the greatest extent and with the fewest constraints possible (...), the direct results of federally funded scientific research are made available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community. Such results include peer-reviewed publications and digital data."


This supplementary video is part of the Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC available on Coursera ( This video was produced by Kasha Ely under the Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education (CRADLE) Project made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under award #RE-06-13-0052-13. #RDMSmooc



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Versión en español de esta guía

Translation of this guide

This guide was originally created in Spanish. The translation effort to create this English version was led by student Daniella Angueira.


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University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
General Library
Graduate Research and Innovation Center
259 Ave. Alfonso Valdés Mayagüez, PR, 00681
(787) 832-4040, ext. 6229 or 2309


Image of the TIGER logo El GRIC por sus siglas en inglés, Graduate Research and Innovation Center, es parte de la “Iniciativa Transformadora para la Educación y la Investigación Graduada” (TIGER, por sus siglas en inglés, Transformational Initiative for Graduate Education and Research), del Programa de Título V, Parte B para la Promoción de Oportunidades Post-bachillerato para Hispanos del Departamento de Educación Federal (#P031M140035). Logo of the Department of Education of the United States of America

Note: Esta guía fue creada por Alessandra Otero y editada y aumentada por Hilda Teresa Ayala González.


El contenido de esta  guía fue adaptado a partir de material recuperado en sitios web como, pero no limitado a: 

DCC-JISCDMPToolFlorida State University LibrariesUniversity of Central Florida Libraries , University of Tennessee - KnoxvilleUniversity of Virginia Library