Harvard LMA Research Data Management Working Group

About the Working Group

The Harvard Longwood Medical Area Research Data Management Working Group (LMA RDMWG) shares guidance, resources and solutions, and develops best practices to meet current, and anticipate future, research data management needs of researchers across the LMA.

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 LMA RDMWG, send us a message through our secure form.

What We Do

Our initial projects include:

  • conducting workshops aimed at educating Harvard LMA researchers in research data management best practices
  • developing resources reflecting current research data management approaches
  • aggregating Harvard LMA resources relevant to research data management
  • providing a forum for questions and feedback from our Harvard LMA research community

Subgroup Project Work

In 2017, the LMA RDMWG members decided to form several subgroups that would each work on individual project work and report back to the larger LMA RDMWG on a monthly basis. The subgroups were created based on research data management needs identified by the LMA RDMWG members. The creation of the subgroups allows for projects to be worked on in parallel and allows for the LMA RDMWG to grow the research data management presence on the Harvard LMA 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 documentation and develop additional materials for project-specific Data Management Plans (DMPs). It will create and publish resources for generating DMPs that support data management throughout the data lifecycle. The subgroup will look for collaborative opportunities with other groups to better understand the needs of biomedical researcher and labs. 

Electronic Lab Notebooks

The Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN) subgroup draws on and connects diverse stakeholders interested in digital record-keeping methods. This subgroup collects information about the tools available and the Harvard affiliated institutions using them and makes that information accessible and usable to inform researchers’ decision-making and tool selection.

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 collect and disseminate 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. The connections and resources generated through this effort will target many levels of users and will allow for the LMA RDMWG to engage community members and explore their challenges related to managing data.

Research Workflows and Metadata

The Research Workflows and Metadata subgroup seeks to understand how researchers navigate through each stage of the data lifecycle. This project allows the LMA RDMWG a more thorough understanding of how individual labs collect, organize, access and store project data. Using real world examples gathered by the subgroup, the LMA RDMWG will be able to make data management recommendations to other labs who have similar workflows. The subgroup works with researchers to investigate the use of metadata in 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 2019-2020 Members




Jay Copeland

Manager, HMS Image Management Core

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 Management Analyst, Research IT Solutions Research Data Management, 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

Meghan Kerr

Longwood Medical Area Records Manager and Archivist

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine

Radhika Khetani

Training Director, Research Scientist

School of Public Health, 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

Meeta Mistry

Research Scientist

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

Research Data Management, Research Computing

Mary Piper

Research Associate, School of Public Health Biostat

School of Public Health

Caroline Shamu

Associate Dean for Research Cores and Technology

Office for Research Operations and Global Programs

Dan Wainstock

Associate Director of Research Integrity

Academic and Research Integrity

Mary Walsh

Chief Scientific Investigator

Office for Academic and Research Integrity

DMWG Alumnae




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, HMS HMS IT Research Computing

Keri Godin 

Director of Research Integrity

Brown University

Mason Miranda Director of Research IT Solutions, HMS HMS IT Research Computing
Stephanie Mohr Director of DRSC/TRiP-FGR Department of Genetics

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

 Darla White

Associate Director, Information and Records Management



Former Research Data Management Interns

William Guida

Tisha Mentnech

Anna Newman

Sawyer Newman


Last Updated: 2020-06-08