Data Services FAQ

QI’m worried about sharing my data, because no one would be able to understand it but me. What can I do? 

A: Data Services will review your data before depositing it in the repository to make sure it is both easy to find and easy to use. We will also help make sure it has a long life through curation actions. 

 Q: What tools do you provide to help me write a data management plan? 

 A: We are institutional members of the DMP tool. That means you can log in using your WUSTL key, find the right template for your agency, and use standard language relevant to WashU to help write the management plan. We will also review your plan and help you identify the best solution for your data. 

 Q: I don’t normally work with data, but I have a large collection of interviews that I would like to analyze. I don’t really know where to start. Can you help me? 

 A: Yes. We have a range of tools and expertise to work with all kinds of data. Contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation so that we can discuss your needs and identify the best solution for you. 

 Q: I have tables and tables of data, but can’t decide how to best communicate the information. Can you give me some ideas? 

 A: Yes. We are happy to meet with you to discuss the best way to communicate your data to a targeted audience. We have expertise in both 2D and 3D visualization. 

About the author

As the Head of Data Services at Washington University in St. Louis, Moore directs services in digital data management, curation, analysis, visualization, literacies, and GIS. She was a co-PI on the IMLS grant, Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP), which continues to bring stakeholders together to establish agreement on how to make 3D data long-lasting (book forthcoming); a partner and curator in the Data Curation Network (DCN), which has created a shared curation model for institutions; a co-PI on the IMLS Specialized Data Curation Workshop grant, which is focused on training curators in DCN methods; and the WashU Representative for the Research Data Alliance, an international organization addressing research data. Moore is program faculty in International and Area Studies and a GIS instructor in the UCollege.