As you collect citations, data, full-text documents, multimedia, and other sources for your research, you'll need to manage that collection. The library offers several tools and services towards that end.
Whether you are sitting around the same table in the library or scattered across the country, group projects often require all participants to edit the same document. These tools allow synchronous or asynchronous editing. All tools listed here are free (in general or to Virginia Tech affiliates).
Curation services are available for datasets in VTechWorks and DOIs may be assigned to these sets. We also offer a Virginia Tech configured DMPTool to help with creating funding agency-compliant data management plans and a forthcoming data management guide to assist with planning throughout the year.
Data management is an important part of the research process; generally, it consists of a set of best practices aimed at maintaining the integrity and reliability of your data. Research data may have a longer lifespan than the research project that creates them; often data created by one project may be re-used or added to by other researchers or projects in order to learn something new. Datasets can also be shared and cited, promoting collaboration and scholarly impact.