Vision & History

What we do

Research Data Services (RDS) supports UW-Madison researchers as they gather, manage, and share their research data to make their data citable, reproducible, and publicly accessible. Our consultants have a wide variety of research data management and sharing expertise and provide training, one-on-one help and referrals to resources and other campus support units.

Research Data Services (RDS) is a free, campus-wide service committed to helping UW-Madison researchers.

How we help

We provide guidance, education, referrals, advocacy, and support for researcher needs across the research data lifecycle. Our consultants bring their unique domain expertise from all over the UW-Madison campus to help address your questions. Learn more about our consultants and partners

We can help you:

  • review your data management plan
  • share your data to meet publisher and funder requirements
  • find appropriate storage for your data
  • learn more about data equity, reproducible research, and open data
  • connect you to campus resources and services
  • and many other things like digital humanities, text analysis, geospatial data, data policy, and more!

Mission & History

RDS is led by the Libraries and partners with Research Cyberinfrastructure, the Data Science Hub, Ebling Library, and the Map Library to provide our services. We provide holistic support infrastructure for research data management and sharing needs at UW-Madison and seek to improve the reproducibility, reusability, and long-term impact of campus research efforts. 

Our service was initially formed circa 2009 as a pilot project between the Libraries, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT), the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the iSchool (formerly School of Library and Information Studies), and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (formerly the Graduate School).