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Research Data Management


The DMPTool offers ready-to-use templates to create a data management plan for NSF, NIH, NEH, DOE, IMLS and others.

Link to DMPTool

Log in using your UCSC CruzID Gold Account and select University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Preserve Your Content

Merritt is a repository service that lets the UC community manage, archive, and share its valuable digital content. Merritt features:

  • Access to files via persistent URLs.
  • Collections can be either open to the public (bright) or only available to account holder (dark).
  • Can handle most file types
  • Permanent storage with tools for long-term management

Publish Your Data

dash - Data Sharing Made Easy

Use DASH to easily publish datasets and share with the research community.

  • Easy to use interface with drag-and-drop operation
  • Describe your data and have it indexed by scholarly data search engines
  • Identify data with a persistent DOI
  • Preserve data for the long-term in the Merritt repository
  • Faceted search and browse with other UC researcher datasets
  • 2 GB limit on individual file upload, with a 10 GB limit on an overall data set


  • Create identifiers for anything: texts, data, bones, terms, etc.  
  • Each identifier is a persistent web link so citation links are never broken
  • A variety of persistent identifiers available, including ARKs and DataCite DOIs
  • Store citation metadata (title, creator, etc) for identifiers in a variety of formats
  • UCSC researchers should contact the Library for EZID requests

Do You Have Your ORCID ID?


Create a free persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers.

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