Research Data Services

Create, share and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

- Iowa State University Mission

The University Library provides the following services to support the sharing of research data to promote research access, accountability, reproducibility, and vigor:

Data Sharing and Archiving

DataShare: The open data repository of Iowa State University

Iowa State University’s DataShare, a partnership project supported by the University Library, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Information Technology, is an open access repository for sharing and publishing research data created by University scholars and researchers. Questions about DataShare can be directed to

Learn more about DataShare
Browse the collection

Data Management Plan Assistance

Data Management Plan Guide

The University Library's Data Management Plan Guide is a complete resource on data management. The guide contains an FAQ section, a learning module (Write a DMP), agency requirements, and more.

DMP Tool: Build your Data Management Plan

The ISU Library is a supporter and subscriber to the DMPTool which managed by the California Digital Library. DMPTool contains sample data management plans, DMP templates and other useful information related to DMPs. You can log into DMPTool with your Net-Id and password.


Library Workshops

Library workshop on data management and data sharing are held every Fall and Spring semester. A list of past and upcoming workshops is available on the Library Workshops page.

Training by request

Special workshops, seminars, or activities for classes, departments, labs, and more can be requested by emailing Megan O'Donnell, Data Services Librarian. Available topics include: documenting your data, file organization and management, data sharing best practices, and more.


Librarians can assist with a wide variety of data questions. Common services include assistance in understanding data management/data sharing plan requirements, file organization, and help locating relevant data repositories. If you would like to schedule a consultation or have general questions about data management please contact your librarian or Megan O'Donnell, Data Services Librarian.

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Research Guides