When you have to manage a lot of information, who you gonna call?
At Cornell, you want the Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG), co-sponsored by Cornell University Library and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The RDMSG helps researchers plan how to organize and document their data, find a place to keep it and, perhaps most important, deal with the data management requirements of funding agencies.
The group draws on the resources of Cornell Library, the Center for Advanced Computing (CAC), Cornell Information Technologies (CIT), the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) and Weill Cornell Medical College Information Technologies and Services. An important stimulus for its creation was the announcement that funding proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) must include a "data management plan" to describe how data generated by research will be shared. The National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities are adding similar requirements, and some Cornell researchers have data management needs that go even beyond agency requirements.
"Various groups on campus have been talking about this brave new world of data-driven science, and how do we support it," said Gail Steinhart, research data and environmental sciences librarian at Albert R. Mann Library, an RDMSG team ember who helped design the program. "We are in the first wave of researchers needing help. Most scientists when faced with the choice between documenting their data or doing more science are going to choose more science."