Research Data Stewardship Initiative

Research Data Stewardship SPG

To ensure researchers across the University of Michigan are better positioned to equitably and securely maximize the impact of their research data, a new standard practice guide policy (SPG) sets expectations and guidance for research data stewardship, focusing on issues of ownership, sharing and retention.

Research datasets form the backbone of scholarly work, from qualitative social sciences to biomedicine. Responsible and intentional stewardship of these data can increase the transparency, rigor and public value of research, and serve the broader mission of the university. Along similar lines, most U.S. funding agencies, major scholarly publishers and scholarly societies are increasing requirements and expectations for how research data are managed and preserved, with an eye toward increasing public access. 

With this in mind, the U-M Research Data Stewardship Initiative (RDSI) has been launched to help the U-M research community navigate the evolving research data landscape.



The Research Data Stewardship Initiative (RDSI) supports U-M researchers in managing and sharing their research data to improve the transparency, rigor and impact of academic research.