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DRUM Services

The Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) is a fully-curated open access data repository. UMN researchers, students, and staff may deposit data to DRUM subject to our collection policies. Data sets submitted to the Data Repository are immediately reviewed by a team of data curation staff to ensure that datasets are in a format and structure that best facilitate long-term access, discovery, and reuse. Repository services include:

Curation: All data in DRUM are assigned to a subject-expert curator who performs data-level curation procedures pioneered by the University of Minnesota Libraries, the lead institution in the Data Curation Network project. Curation includes:

  • Documentation: Work with authors to create additional data documentation, e.g., readme template
  • Metadata creation: Identify and apply standardized metadata schemas (see DRUM’s open OAI metadata feed)
  • Quality control/Quality assurance: Open files, run code, detect/request missing files and/or information (e.g., what do “blank” cells mean?)
  • Chain of custody: Maintains the chain of custody for datasets via our repository technology system, DSpace, which is based on the OAIS standard for tracking the integrity and authenticity of all digital objects housed in the system
  • File format transformations: Ensure that data locked in proprietary formats can be preserved and migrated for reuse in the future
  • Creative Commons Licenses: Assist authors in choosing an appropriate license
  • DataCite DOIs: Mint persistent URLs that ensure long-term citability

Discovery and access: DRUM is a publicly available collection of digital research data generated by U of M researchers, students, and staff. Anyone can search and download the data housed in the repository, instantly or by request. All data sets are fully indexed and search engine optimized for broad findability in Google, Google Scholar, Web of Science and others.

  • OAI Feed: DRUM metadata may be harvested using the open OAI protocal.
  • RSS Feed: Reader friendly updates to DRUM available via the RSS protocal.

Preservation: DRUM provides long-term preservation of digital data files using services such as migration (limited format types), secure backup, bit-level checksums, and disaster recovery mechanisms in place.

CoreTrustSeal Certified Repository: DRUM was approved for the 2017-2019 requirements set by the CoreTrustSeal Board certifying is as a trustworthy source of data by our international peers. DRUM is listed in the Registry of Data Repositories ( under ID:r3d100011393)

U of M Data Policy: The Data Repository for the University of Minnesota is used by the University to exercise the Research Data Management Policy:

Other Data Services

DRUM is part of a broad suite of services, offered at no cost, that support research data management on campus including data management plans, metadata consultation, training, and data analysis and visualization. We also refer you to other campus-based services. See for additional information.

Want to include the Data Repository for U of M in your next grant? Use our our boilerplate language for your Data Management Plan.