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Research Data Management & Sharing: Data Tools

This guide provides resources on research data management and sharing.

Why Use Data Tools?

Data tools can assist you with curating, analyzing, visualizing, managing, documenting, organizing, and sharing data. All of these tools listed here are completely free or have a free-version. 

Data Curation Tools


OpenRefine is a free tool which can be used to help you clean and curate your data. The OpenRefine website has many videos and guides on how to use it. 

Data Analysis and Visualization Tools

R Studio.

RStudio is free program which uses the open-source programming language R. It can be used to analyze and visualize data, and RStudio is consistently creating new tools for R. The RStudio website has many guides and tutorials on how to use R. Modern Data Science with R is a great free textbook that can help you learn the basics of R. 

Tableau Public

Tableau Public is a free data visualization software that requires no coding. It can be easily be used to share your data visualizations online. The Tableau Public website has many resources and guides to help you learn on to use Tableau Public. 

Qualitative Research Tools


Taguette is a free and open-source tool for qualitative research. You can import your research materials, highlight and tag quotes, and export the results. User can:

  • Import PDFs, Word Docs (.docx), Text files (.txt), HTML, EPUB, MOBI, Open Documents (.odt), and Rich Text Files (.rtf).
  • Highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs and tag them with the codes you create.
  • Work collaboratively with other users (if self-hosting or using
  • Your data stays your own; export everything including your project, highlights, documents, and codes.


Citing Data Tools


DataCite is the leading global provider of DOIs for research data. 


Use the DMPTool to create your data management plans. The DMPTool walks you through the process of generating a comprehensive plan tailored to a funder's specific DMP requirements.

LabArchives (Electronic Lab Notebook)


LabArchives is the world’s leading ELN (Electronic Laboratory Notebook) with 700,000 scientists and more than 80,000 students using the LabArchives Platform this year. The University of Rochester is currently in the process of acquiring institution access to LabArchives. 

Please go to the River Campus Libraries Guide on LabArchives for more information. 

Mapping Tools


ArcGIS is an Esri web-based mapping software. Build interactive maps that explain your data and encourage users to explore. Map your own data and gain perspective by adding the authoritative location-based data included in ArcGIS Online. Use smart mapping to guide your data exploration and visualization. You can set up a free public account or contact our GIS Specialist to request University of Rochester institutional access to ArcGIS.

Digital Humanities Data Tools


Voyant Tools is a free web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts. It can be used to analyze digital text with no coding required. Voyant Tools has many tutorials you can use to help you learn more about it. 

Timeline JS

TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS's core functionality. The TimelineJS website has tutorials and guides on how to use TimelineJS. 


Storyline JS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build an annotated, interactive line chart. It requires no coding experience, and the Storyline JS website has tutorials and guides on how to use it.