Data Management: Biological Sciences

Resources and Help Available from George Mason University Libraries

Research Data Management InfoGuide
Creating BioSketches using SciENcv
Institutional Repositories
DOI’s: We issue these by request or when you deposit your research in our institutional repository (MARS, Dataverse).
Open Science Framework for Institutions
ORCID: We are a member institution. Persistent identifier for authors.

Who to Contact for Help

Carl Leak, Life Sciences Librarian:
Wendy Mann, Director, Digital Scholarship Center:

Data Management Tutorials
DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) provides educational modules for research data management.
DataONE Data Management Primer

Selected Metadata Standards

Ecological Metadata Language (EML)
FGDC & ISO 19115 (Geospatial)
Minimum Information for Biological and Biomedical Investigations (MIBBI)
Darwin Core (Biological Diversity)

Data Management Plans

DMPTool provides templates tied to specific guidance from funders.
Sample NSF-BIO DMP from DataONE
More Examples from DataONE
DMP Guidance from NSF-BIO
NIH Data Sharing Plan Guidance


Mason Archival Repository Service
– MARS (DSpace)
– Dataverse: tabular and geospatial data

Biological Sciences
KNB Data Repository

General Repositories

Registry of Research Data Repositories: Search or browse research data repositories by discipline.