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Research Data Management

Research data management infrastructure at VIU Library is offered in the context of VIU's Research Data Management Strategy, and includes the following services and tools:

DMP Assistant

The Digital Research Alliance of Canada DMP Assistant helps with writing a research data management plan (DMP) by posing a series of questions through a template-based tool.  DMP exemplars representing various disciplines and research methods are available from the Training Resources site.


VIUSpace is a digital repository that provides access and stable long-term storage, and facilitates preservation services for products of VIU scholarly and creative activity. VIUSpace may be an appropriate repository for some data needs.

Vancouver Island University Dataverse 

The Vancouver Island University Dataverse is part of Borealis, the Canadian Dataverse Repository, and is a research data repository for the use of VIU researchers. Files are held in a secure environment on Canadian servers. Researchers can choose to make content available to the public, to specific individuals, or to keep it locked. The FAQ may assist in determining fit with the data needs of a research project.


The Canadian Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) of the Portage Network  is a national solution for storage of big research datasets. For more information about FRDR and how it might relate to your research data management needs, contact Library Data Services.


More information about research data management, planning, and stewardship is available on inquiry. VIU researchers are welcome to make an appointment to discuss research data management needs.

Contact Library Data Services.

There are a number of reasons why researchers plan for life cycle management of their data. Effective research data management can:

  • Increase profile of your work
  • Make grant proposals more compelling and competitive
  • Ensure long-term access and effective digital stewardship of your work
  • Attract potential collaborators
  • Enable other researchers to utilize and build on your work
  • Support compliance with the expectations or requirements of funding bodies such as the Federal (Tri-Agency) Funding Policies & Guidelines for Research Data Management



  • When you have questions about the data you have or the data you need, contact Library Data Services.
  • Funding considerations and data: Bettina Ruhstein, Research Contracts & Grants Facilitator, SRCA
  • I have a research grant. How do I request a computer? Contact IT


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