Data Management

Collect, organize, and store research data using systems that maintain data provenance – systems that document each step of data processing and analysis.  To facilitate better practices in data management and data provenance, Duke supports the following IT Services and Tools:

  • Duke Library Data and Visualization Services provides data management consulting services and instruction that support data-driven research. 
  • Duke Research Computing provides consulting services for data management and storage through every stage of research. 
  • Duke Box and OneDrive for Business are cloud-based storage and collaboration services for all Duke University and Duke Health faculty, staff and students. (The School of Nursing wrote a helpful description comparing these services)
  • DMPTool: a Data Management Planning Tool from the University of California.  Duke employees can sign on through the institutional login and use one of the shared DMP templates or create their own.
  • REDCap™(Research Electronic Data Capture) is a data management/provenance system, for use in clinical research and other database applications.  
  • PEDIGENE®, a data management/provenance system, for translational scientists. 
  • PMCoP , a recent initiative from the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute focused on Project Management Community of Practice to share project management resources.
  • LabArchives is an electronic research notebook available to everyone at Duke with a netID.  Contact if you are interested in using LabArchives with your research team.

All School of Medicine research units have developed Data Management Standard Operating Procedures (DMSOPs) that describe the data governance policies within each group (i.e. how data are documented, organized, stored and shared).  Clearly defining the standard practices and expectations around data management encourages discussion and training, which improve these practices. Download our guidelines on how to write a Data Management Standard Operating Procedure for your research unit. (If you have any issue downloading these guidelines, contact to request a copy).