Research lifecycle

The Libraries supports research at all stages of the research lifecycle. Click on each phase to learn more about these services.

1. Plan

Plan ahead to better manage your data and anticipate your project requirements.


Find data, scholarship, collections, and supports to inspire your research

Research data management

Decisions related to research data management should start from the first stage of the lifecycle, and continue on throughout the research process. A Data Management Plan (DMP) can help you get started.

Learn more about research data management

Data governance, retention, and compliance

Find ways to fund your research, ensure it complies with ethical practices, regulatory guidelines, and remains accessible throughout your research.


Unsure where your data should live? Whether you're looking for storage solutions for active research, back-up, open data sharing, or preservation, making these decisions in the planning phase of your research can make your research process easier. The Research Data Storage Finder can help you find a solution that works best for your research.

Use the Research Data Storage Finder

2. Create

Put your plans into motion by creating or compiling high quality, well-managed research outputs.


Whether you're creating new data, or asking new questions of old data, the Libraries can help you create or compile your research


Data curation involves actively managing your data throughout the research lifecycle to ensure that it is created, compiled and edited in a way that ensures your research remains understandable, usable, findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable throughout your project, and over the long-term.

Learn how to manage your data, keep it accessible, and usable, and extend its life for as long as possible by utilizing the Libraries' Guide to self-preservation.

3. Disseminate

Increase your research impact by sharing and depositing your work.


Items eligible for deposit include scholarly works, research data, open access publications, and geospatial data. More information on each of these data types is available below:

UM deposit options

UM Deposit options include: 

For more information on these repositories, consult the following resources:

Non-UM deposit options

There are many kinds of repositories: data and non-specific, national and international, multidisciplinary and discipline-specific. The following is a list of the primary and/or most commonly recognized repositories.


Canadian Institutional Repositories

A list maintained by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

View the Canadian Institutional Repositories

Directories of Research Data Repositories (

An easy identification of research data repositories, for both producers and users

View the Directories of Research Data Repositories

OpenDoar (Directory of Open Access Repositories)

A directory of academic open access repositories, validated by OpenDOAR staff

View OpenDoar


Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) 

Canadian national data deposit option for large datasets (5 GB or more). Data deposited in UM Dataverse is also harvested by this repository.

Federated Research Data Repository


A non-profit, international data repository supporting scientific and medical publications. Most data files are associated with peer-reviewed articles or dissertations.




A product of Digital Science supporting all research outputs including videos, datasets; unlimited public storage and 1 GB of private storage free



A project supported by CERN, OpenAIRE, and Horizon 2020, it offers researchers, scientists, EU projects and institutions a space to share and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that are not otherwise part of existing institutional or subject-based repositories.



Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

The University of Manitoba Libraries supports this consortium so UM faculty and students can create accounts, and both deposit and access data in this resource.


Not sure where to deposit?

Unsure where to deposit?

If you're considering depositing with UM, the Libraries' Research Data Storage Finder is the best place to start to explore your options.

Learn more

Take-down policy

Any research deposited within a repository at the University of Manitoba Libraries is subject to a take-down policy.

Learn more

Open access

Open access (OA) refers to freely available, online information. Open access scholarly literature (journal articles and books) is accessible to everyone, with no access fees.

Learn more about Open Access


Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication is a broad term that encompasses many topics including publishing, authorship, research impact and academic profile management, among other topics.

Learn more

Author rights and compliance

When you publish your work through a publisher, you enter into an agreement with that publisher. Consequently, it's important to understand and negotiate your rights as an author of an academic work.

Learn more

Copyright and intellectual property

4. Preserve

Ensure your data remains accessible and interoperable for as long as needed.

Digital preservation services

The Libraries offers digital preservation services for research data. When you deposit and publish your data, the formats you use, and the length of time your data is required to remain accessible will impact how your data is preserved. 

Retention and disposition

At the end of your project, it's important to securely dispose of any research outputs that are not intended to be deposited and/or preserved, once its retention period has expired.

Deleting your data does not necessarily mean the information will remain inaccessible on your storage devices.

Ensure the secure destruction of your data

5. Re-use

Extend your work's impact by allowing yourself or others to build on your research.

Rights, permissions, licenses

Data re-use can take many different forms depending on the specific permissions, rights, licenses, and agreements tied to your data.

Data re-use in UM institutional repositories


Generally, 4 types of access rights are allowed in MSpace: Open, Embargo, Restricted, or Metadata only. 

Learn more

UM Dataverse

Terms of use and licenses can be applied at the dataverse, dataset, or file level in UM Dataverse.

UM Dataverse’s default data usage license agreement for all deposited content is a Creative Commons Zero (“CC0”) Public Domain Dedication Waiver. Users may opt to draft a custom data usage license, but should discuss their options with the Libraries first.

Citations and persistent identifiers

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

A Digital Object Identifier, or DOI, is a unique, persistent address assigned to a digital object, such as a journal article. It provides an entry point into your research outputs. 

DOIs facilitate re-use by ensuring that your research outputs can be easily located, even when the URL or website that hosts your work changes. 

Assigning DOIs in UM institutional repositories

DOIs can be generated for items deposited within the UM's institutional repositories.

In MSpace,  a DOI can be obtained on request.

Request a DOI for MSpace

In UM Dataverse, DOIs are automatically generated when a dataset is uploaded and saved to your project dataverse.

Find help throughout the lifecycle

Find resources and librarians to help you throughout your research.

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