Frequently Asked Questions

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What is RDCP?

It stands for Research Data Curation Program.

What services are offered?

  • Creation of data management plans using the DMPTool
  • Consults or customized workshops on metadata and data management best practices
  • Consults on identifiers for data and people
  • Ingest of research data into the Digital Collections (DC) for sharing and discovery
  • Preservation of data via Chronopolis
  • Customized workshops and training

Does RDCP charge for their services?

No! RDCP services are free to faculty, students and staff of UC San Diego.

Where is RDCP located?

RDCP is part of the Library; staff offices are located in the Biomedical Library Building.

Why the Library?

The Library has the expertise and resources necessary to describe, share and preserve your data.

The Library has the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) to ingest and store your data, and allow others to discover it through the UC San Diego Digital Collections.

If I want to share my data, what does it take to get it into the DAMS?

The Data Curation process can be very fast and simple, or longer and more complicated, depending on how your data is organized and what you want to do with it. It can be as simple as an email exchange, or require several meetings.

Do we need to meet in person?

Not necessarily. Some services may require an in-person consultation, but others may be done through email or phone calls.

Will you help me with my grant?

RDCP can help you meet grant requirements for data sharing, and point you in the right direction for other grant services. We also hold workshops for using the Data Management Plan (DMP) DMPTool, which guides you through an easy step-by-step process for creating agency specific data management plans.

Do you work with scientific data only?

We curate scientific, medical, social science, arts, and humanities data. If your data has research or teaching value, let's talk!