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Data Management Planning


The DMPTool is a free online tool that walks researchers through the process of drafting a data management and sharing plan that aligns with funding agency requirements.

Data Acquisition and Collection

Carolina Data Acquisition and Reporting Tool (CDART)

The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the Gillings School of Global Public Health offers CDART tool customization and training. CDART is a flexible web-based data management tool designed for multi-center clinical trials, observational studies, and patient registries.

Carolina Survey Research Laboratory

The Carolina Survey Research Laboratory in the Department of Biostatistics provides expertise in all aspects of survey research including sampling, questionnaire development, data collection, statistical analysis, and report writing.


The Odum Institute manages the UNC Qualtrics software license, making the web-based survey tool available to all UNC faculty, staff, and students. Qualtrics is a user-friendly platform for designing surveys, managing survey distribution, and analyzing survey responses.


The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Studies Institute (NCTraCS) provides access to the Research Electronic Data Capture, or REDCap, tool which is a secure web application for building and managing case report forms, surveys, and other mechanism for capturing clinical research data.

Data Storage, Security, and Analysis

Dogwood Cluster

UNC Research Computing offers the Dogwood cluster at no cost to UNC researchers for projects requiring an environment optimized for large, multi-node, tightly coupled computational modes typically using using a message passing (MPI) or hybrid (OpenMP + MPI) programming model.

Longleaf Cluster

UNC Research Computing makes the Longleaf cluster available at no cost to UNC researchers for projects requiring high-performance computation. This Linux-based computing system is best suited for data science and statistical computing workloads, very large memory jobs, and GPU computing.

Networked-Attached Storage (NAS)

UNC faculty, students, staff, retirees, and other UNC affiliates can store non-sensitive data in UNC ITS’s networked-attached storage (NAS), which maintains 30 days of security backups. Departmental storage administrators manage storage allocations for their departments.

Office 365 OneDrive

UNC students, faculty, and staff have access to OneDrive for Business, which allows file storage of up to 1TB for each user. OneDrive has been approved for storing University-owned sensitive information except for PCI credit card data.

Secure Network Attached Storage (SecNAS)

SecNAS is the UNC ITS solution for storing files containing sensitive information including personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), student education records, customer record information, and confidential personnel information. Individual departments can contact UNC ITS for SecNAS storage allocation.

Secure Research Workspace

UNC ITS manages the Secure Research Workspace (SRW), which provides a digital environment for collaborative research projects that use sensitive data. SRW adheres to a NIST 800-53 System Security Plan, with support for DUA requirements.

Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)

UNC ITS offers the Virtual Computing Lab to provide UNC researchers with online access to various computing environments and applications including ArcGIS, Stata, SAS, MPlus, and others.

Data Sharing and Preservation

Carolina Digital Repository

Researchers can deposit materials in the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), which is an archive for scholarly works including publications, research materials, datasets, and electronic theses and dissertations produced by the members of the UNC community.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

UNC is a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), which maintains a data archive of over 250,000 files and 21 specialized collections of data from research in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, and other areas. ICSPR offers various deposit options for confidential data depending on the results of a disclosure risk review and levels of sensitivity.

Qualitative Data Repository

The Odum Institute manages UNC’s institutional membership to the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR), which specializes in the curation, preservation, and sharing of data generated from qualitative and mixed-methods research projects. Beyond repository services, QDR also provides a wealth of tools and resources for working with and sharing qualitative data.

UNC Dataverse

UNC Dataverse, hosted by the Odum Institute, is an open-source data repository application for archiving, sharing, and accessing research data and related research materials. UNC Dataverse supports the FAIR data principles by ensuring that data stored in UNC Dataverse are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.

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