Data-related resources organized by JHU Data Services to guide you through your research from the beginning to the end. The following topics are included in this Resources page:

Plan Research Projects

Writing a research proposal

  • JHU grant support services
  • Manage and organize literature

Data Management Plan (DMP)

  • How to write a DMP
  • Funder’s requirements
  • JHU policies

Conduct Research

  • Access and collect data
  • Manage data
  • Analyze and visualize data
  • Document data
  • Store and preserve data

Sharing Research

  • Prepare data for sharing
  • How to find a data repository
  • Share code and software
  • Condition for access and reuse


A web-based tool that help researchers write DMPs. JHU users can log in here. Data Services provide FREE assistance in developing data management and sharing plans in either case and for ALL funding agencies. You can send completed DMPs to for feedback.

Reviewer Guide for DMPs

A user-friendly page of tables and checklists that can be used to quickly evaluate data management plans. More information about the worksheet can be found here.

Data Access and Discovery

JHU Libraries Data Grant

Do you need a particular dataset to conduct your research? Is there a dataset that would be useful to your department or research group?

If you are an active JHU affiliate you may apply for a JHU Libraries Data Grant and, contingent on eligibility and availability, you will receive access to the data you need.

Applications are open from July 1st to September 30th annually. Visit the JHU Libraries Data Grant page for more information about the program, and how to apply.

GIS and Mapping

Geospatial concepts

An overview of introductory geospatial concepts.

Esri Software Access

Information and links to download Esri software and data for the JHU community.

Teaching GIS & Maps

Resources for JHU community members teaching GIS.

Maps & Online Map Resources

Information on accessing Johns Hopkins University’s map collection, and beyond.

Data Management

Data Organization via File Naming

Interactive online tutorial about using file names to organize research data

Curating and Archiving Research Software

Interactive HTML toolbox for data management specialists

Guide to Resources for Data Management

  • Collaboration tools
  • Security and Backup
  • Documentation
  • Clinical Data Management

Guide to Documenting Research Data

Collection of resources shared in Data Services’ Documenting Your Research Data online module.

Guide to Data Analysis Resources

  • Help with Statistics
  • Big Data
  • Software Development

Selecting a Data Repository

Tips and set of questions researchers can use in determining whether a particular research data repository will work for their circumstances.

Metadata for Effective Research Data Management

What is metadata, and what does it have to with research data? Find here a description of metadata for research data management and ten questions/guidelines you can use in developing comprehensive metadata for your project.

Data Analysis and Visualization

Guide to Data Visualization

Guide for technologies, techniques, and best practices for data visualization.

Guide to Qualitative Data Analysis Software

Overview and resource links for qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) such as nVivo and ATLAS.ti.

Guide to Data and Statistics

Information on accessing data and statistics for a variety of subject areas.

Data Sharing and Reproducible Research

Research Data Documentation Workbook

A downloadable speadsheet tool to help organize and document a research project, its digital files, and derivative sets of files such as data associated with a publication or shared online.

De-identify Human Subjects Data

De-identifying Human Subjects Data for Sharing Online Module

With researchers increasingly encouraged or required to share their data, preparing to share datasets with confidential identifiers of people and organizations is particularly challenging. Join JHU Data  Services for an overview of types of identifiers and how to determine if your data have disclosure risk. You will also learn available JHU resources to help you with de-identifying data.

De-identification Applications

A list of de-identification software tools and applications that researchers can use in de-identifying their research data for more public sharing.

Guide to Protecting Identifiers in Human Subjects Data

  • Introduction to disclosure analysis and protection of personal and health identifiers in research data. This guide includes basic concepts and primary techniques focusing on preparing data for sharing with collaborators, repositories, or for public access.
  • Downloadable guide for protecting and removing personal identifiers of research subjects for data sharing (downloadable guide).

Open Access

Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy

Every scholarly article produced by Johns Hopkins full-time faculty should be made available in an open access repository.

Public Access Submission System (PASS)

This is only available to Johns Hopkins researchers. You can use PASS to submit your manuscripts to funder and institutional publication repositories (e.g. PubMed Central, JScholarship) and comply with open access policies.

Open Access Guides