HMS Data Management Working Group

HMS Data Management Working Group

The HMS Data Management Working Group (DMWG) formed in response to identified unmet needs in biomedical and biological research data management. The group endeavors to create solutions, provide guidance, and develop standards and best practices to meet those identified unmet needs and anticipate future needs of our researchers in this area.

We represent a variety of expertise including: management of high-throughput screening and image data, information technology and research computing, educational programming, and library sciences. If you are interested in joining the DMWG, send us a message through our secure form Ask us your biomedical research data management questions!

Current members are from: Countway Library of Medicine; Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science (HiTS); HMS IT Client Services Group; HMS Research Computing; HMS Office for Academic and Research Integrity; HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows; Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core; the ICCB-Longwood Screening Facility; the Neurobiology Imaging Facility; Research Imaging Solutions; and the Systems Biology Department. The website was created and curated in 2016/2017 by Jaki Cellini with the guidance of the DMWG to serve HMS/HSDM researchers. See a list of the current members at the end of this page.

What We Do

Our initial projects include conducting workshops aimed at educating HMS researchers in research data management best practices, developing resources reflecting current data management approaches, aggregating HMS resources relevant to research data management, and providing a forum for questions and feedback from our HMS research community. 

Subgroup Project Work

In 2017, the DMWG members decided to form several subgroups that would each work on individual project work and report back to the larger DMWG on a monthly basis. The subgroups were created based on research data management needs identified by the DMWG members. The creation of the subgroups allows for projects to be worked on in parallel and allows for the DMWG to grow the data management presence on the HMS campus to extend our footprint on and off quad.

Below are brief summaries of each subgroup. If you are interested in joining or learning more, explore each subgroup's project work and send an email to the contact person listed on each page:

Data Management Plans

This subgroup will work to compile existing resources and create materials on project-specific Data Management Plans (DMPs). It will create and publish resources for generating DMPs that support data management throughout an entire lab. The subgroup will look for collaboration opportunities with other groups to better understand the needs of the researchers and labs.

Electronic Lab Notebooks

The Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) subgroup seeks to determine use cases for ELNs in HMS research labs by evaluating the needs of these researchers and through the investigation of the functionalities available with current technologies. This subgroup is working toward producing a web-based guide on ELNs, and will enable the DMWG to act as a consultant for labs seeking to start or improve their ELN practices.

Harvard Biomedical Data Management Website

This subgroup will maintain and expand the Harvard Biomedical Data Management website, which was created to provide a central location for sharing information about best practices and resources for the management of biomedical research data from Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals. This subgroup will keep the website up-to-date, and will oversee larger projects to develop new content for the site. This project will also work to improve the usability and aesthetics of the website. Using feedback from website users and shared expertise from subgroup members, the website will remain well positioned to offer educational resources and information to the Harvard biomedical community.

Outreach and Training

This subgroup seeks to collate and offer a variety of continuing education programs and services that focus on biomedical research data management. In addition, through a focused outreach approach, the subgroup continuously evaluates community needs and interests in order to strengthen the engagement of individuals and organizations. The connections and resources generated through this effort will target many levels of users and will allow for the DMWG to engage community members in learning about and understanding the challenges related to managing data.

Real World Applications of the Data Lifecycle and Metadata Integrations

This subgroup combines two previously separate subgroups as there was some overlapping components to each. Using data asset frameworks and methodologies, the Real World Applications of the Data Lifecycle subgroup seeks to understand how researchers navigate through each stage of the data lifecycle. This project allows the DMWG a more thorough understanding of how individual labs collect, organize, access and store project data. Using real world examples gathered by the subgroup, the DMWG will be able to make data management recommendations to other labs who have similar workflows. The Metadata Integrations subgroup works with researchers to investigate the use of metadata used labs in order to identify best practices, set up directory structures, and make workflow recommendations. This project will educate users on metadata collection and documentation in relation to the data lifecycle.

DMWG 2018-2019 members




Jay Copeland

Manager, HMS Image Management Core

HMS IT Research Computing

Julie Goldman

Research Data Services Librarian

Countway Library of Medicine

James Gould

Director, Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

Basic Sciences

Sarah Hauserman Research Data Analyst, Research IT Solutions IT-Research Computing

Shannan Ho Sui

Director of the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core & Senior Research Scientist

School of Public Health Biostats

Amir Karger

Associate Director, Research Computing

IT-Research Computing

Kathleen Keating

Research Computing Consultant, Research Computing

IT-Research Computing

Meghan Kerr

HMS Archivist/Records Manager

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine

Radhika Khetani

Training Director, Research Scientist

HSPH, Biostats

Melissa Korf Associate Director, Grants and Contracts Office of Research Administration

Amber LaFountain

Metadata Archivist

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine

Mason Miranda

Director, Research IT Solutions

IT-Research Computing

Meeta Mistry

Research Scientist

Harvard School of Public Heallth

Emily Novak Gustainis

Deputy Director, Center for the History of Medicine

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine

Jessica Pierce

Research Data Manager, Research IT Solutions

IT-Research Computing

Mary Piper

Research Associate, School of Public Health Biostat

Harvard School of Public Health

Caroline Shamu

Scientific Director for Research Cores & Technology and Assistant Professor

BCMP Department and the HMS Office of Basic Science

Dan Wainstock

Associate Director of Research Integrity

Academic and Research Integrity

Mary Walsh

Chief Scientific Investigator

Office for Academic and Research Integrity





Beth Beighlie

Research Imaging Specialist

HMS IT Client Services

Jacqueline Cellini

Research and Education Librarian

Countway Library of Medicine

Katherine Dannehl

Interim Research Data Manager IT-Research Computing

Keri Godin 

Director of Research Integrity

Brown University

Heather Mumford

Archivist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine

Michelle Ocana

Senior Imaging Specialist

Neurobiology Department

Stephanie Mohr 

Director of DRSC/TRiP-FGR

Department of Genetics

 Darla White

Associate Director, Information and Records Management



Former Research Data Management Interns

William Guida



Tisha Mentnech 



Anna Newman



Sawyer Newman 




Last Updated: 2019-04-14