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Research Data Service: Home

We are a university wide resource which supports and promotes best practice in data management.

Advice, support, and training

Hi, together we provide advice and training for all aspects of data management from grant application stage to post-project. Dr Aoife Coffey is the Research Data Coordinator and Dr Deborah Thorpe is the Research Data Steward. We are both available to offer support, with Dr Thorpe more oriented towards the Arts & Humanities.

For information and support send an email to with details of your project/data and query, or you can make an appointment.


The Research Data Service

Research Data Management and Data Management Plans (DMPs) are an integral part of any research project. They begin at grant application stage and then evolve and develop to support best practice in the treatment of your data throughout your project. Many aspects of data management are new requirement for researchers. The Research Data Service is here to help. It is a dedicated service based in UCC Library specifically tasked with helping researchers up-skill and comply the new data management, FAIR and data sharing requirements.  We can provide advice and support with; 

  •  funding body requirements and writing a data management plan for grant applications*,
  •  putting DMPs into action and developing and actioning your initial application stage DMP,
  • identifying  tools and services  within UCC and outside it to support your data such as data storage platforms and data repositories, 
  • the FAIR Principles and data FAIRification, 
  • help and advice with data sharing and long-term preservation. 

The Research Data Service provides one to one consultation for individual researchers and research groups and units. We also provide training scheduled and on request on research data management, the FAIR Principles and other related topics. More information about the training and support on offer can be found under the Training and Support tab.  If you would like to talk to us about any aspect of research data management or for research data support or information about training use the Book Now button for a appointment or contact us at the Research Data Service at

*Grant application data management plans should be submitted for review a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the  funding body deadline. For DMPs submitted less than 5 days in advance of a deadline, review is subject to availability and it may not be possible in the allowed time. 

Training, events and news


We would like to draw your attention to the Research Essentials series of workshops, running in February and March at the Boole Library. These workshops range from systematic reviews; to making your data FAIR; to Open Access; to planning, managing and tidying your data. More information and links to the registration pages is here.

For information about all of the data management events and training provided by UCC Library please visit the Library Training and Events calendar. For more information about FAIR and data management training follow this link or contact  

The table below includes details of external training opportunities and events that may be of interest:


Date and location 



UCC Research Data Service

8 March 2023

Creative Zone, Library

Preserving and Sharing your Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences Research Data with the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) 

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is a national digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data. Join the DRI, CACSSS and UCC’s Research Data Service to find out more about how you can work with DRI to preserve and share your research data (including data sets, oral histories, images, interviews, reports and much more!) You will hear from UCC projects that have successfully deposited their outputs in DRI. DRI will share tips and information about copyright and licensing of research materials, and UCCs Research Data Service will outline the practical steps that you can take to preserve your own data.