Research Data Services

The Temple University Libraries has established Research Data Services (RDS) to support researchers at each stage of the data lifecycle. RDS encourages you to schedule a consultation to discuss your research data needs. RDS staff will examine your needs and propose strategies for meeting your objectives according to the appropriate stage in the data lifecycle. To schedule a consultation, please email the RDS Team at Or you can ask us a Data Question

Data Needs Assessment

There are many points in the data lifecycle that Research Data Services can provide assistance, such as data discovery, organization, description, documentation, analysis, distribution, storage, and archiving.  RDS can help you assess the data needs of your research project and offer you data management options.

Data Management Planning

Major funding agencies now require data management plans as part of the grant proposal process. Research Data Services can assist you with your Data Management Plan.

DMPTool - data management planning tool

Data Management - a guide to data management

Data Curation

Research Data Services can help you identify the appropriate data repository for storing, preserving, and sharing your research data.

Data Repositories - a listing of subject-specific data repositories

Data-Related Instruction

Throughout the year, the Libraries offer workshops and events focused on topics related to data management best practices, data discovery, and data literacy. Workshops can be tailored to the needs of faculty, students, departments, or labs.



Searching for Data?

Research Data Services can help you to locate data in freely available and proprietary databases and data repositories.

Datasets and Data Repositories - a guide to data sources

Ask a Data Question


Program Description

Temple faculty, students, and staff are invited to submit applications for the purchase of numerical, geospatial, or textual data to support their research or teaching. Datasets for purchase or by subscription will be considered, though subscriptions will be guaranteed for one year only. Temple Libraries staff assume responsibility for licensing and purchasing of data. Library Data Grants will be made up to $5000.

Eligible Applicants

All faculty (tenured/tenure track, non-tenure track, adjuncts), postdocs, staff, and students (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible to participate in this program.

Data Criteria

Data should be available for library-licensed, university-wide online distribution. Licenses must be consistent with library and university policies. Data must not require technical or administrative restrictions to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or other sensitive information.  

Selection Criteria

The purpose of this program is to support the research data needs of the individual researcher, research group, or instructor and to make data of interest available for university-wide research and teaching. In making their requests, applicants are encouraged to consider the likely relevance of datasets to other Temple researchers. Cost sharing with alternate funding sources will be considered.   

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Announcement of purchases: December 15, 2018
  • Dataset availability target date: February 15, 2019

Click here to apply for a Library Data Grant

Other Requirements

  • The winning applicants are expected to discuss their research and data methodologies at a brown bag lunch sponsored by the Temple Libraries’ Research Data Services
  • For published research in which the dataset is used, please include this statement, “The author wishes to acknowledge the Temple University Libraries’ funding for data used in this research.”

For More Information

If you have any questions about the Library Data Grants program, please contact us:


Data Lifecycle

In a carefully planned research project, the collection, processing, documentation, and analysis of data should take place within a framework that also encourages its long-term storage, preservation, and re-use. This is the reason that many funding agencies now require a data managment plan as part of the grant proposal process. Thinking in terms of a data lifecycle facilitates this approach. There are a number of different data lifecycle models. Below are a few examples.

data lifecycle diagram




ddi lifecycle




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