Deep Blue Repository and Research Data Services

Department information

  • Leadership: Jacob R Carlson
  • Organization chart
  • Staff directory for Deep Blue Repository and Research Data Services

What we do

The Deep Blue Repository and Research Data Services (DBRRDS) department provides support to the University of Michigan community in making their research openly accessible to anyone in the world. We also provide a means to publish content of scholarly or educational value — research data in particular — that may not have a defined path for dissemination and might otherwise be lost. 

We oversee the following repositories as one means of providing our services: 

  • Deep Blue hosts articles, papers, reports, presentations and other human-readable materials.
  • Deep Blue Data hosts research data sets in ways that comply with funding agency and publisher requirements. 

Both repositories enable the U-M community to share, preserve, and provide access to their scholarly materials. We’ll consult with you to help prepare your materials for deposit. Users are then able to browse, search, access and cite these materials, increasing the reach, impact, and reputation of the creator.   

What we're working on

We have multiple partnerships across campus, including:

  • Working with the Rackham Graduate School to disseminate U-M’s PhD theses via Deep Blue
  • Developing workflows to deposit and host CT scans of specimens from the U-M Museum of Zoology

We are also active collaborators on research-funded projects, including:

  • Working with the National Center for Institutional Diversity, we are researching social justice issues in managing and sharing data (LYRASIS)
  • Building better data curation practices through the Data Curation Network (Sloan Foundation)

Please contact us to discuss how we might partner or collaborate with you.

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