The Research Data Service (RDS) is a campus-wide program that provides the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data.  To see RDS outputs, including Annual Reports, please view our IDEALS community.


Headquartered in the University Library, the Research Data Service is a partnership between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Provost, the Library, GSLIS, Technology Services, and NCSA.


Heidi Imker, PhD
email: imker [at] illinois [dot] edu

Colleen Fallaw
Research Programmer
email: mfall3 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Elise Dunham
Data Curation Specialist
email: emdunham [at] illinois [dot] edu

Elizabeth Wickes
Data Curation Specialist
email: wickes1 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Qian Zhang
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation with CIRSS
email: zqian1 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Previous RDS Members:
William Pooler, GSLIS GA 2014-2015

Working Principles of the RDS

Our primary, immediate goal is to provide researchers with a minimal framework to allow them to comply with funding agency and journal requirements in regards to data sharing and the OSTP memo on public access to federally funded research.

The RDS serves as a resource for:

  • Up-to-date knowledge on agency policies in regards to research data management and sharing
  • Data management best practices that not only comply with external requirements, but ultimately benefit your research project through improved organization, data retention, and knowledge transfer
  • Knowledge of and access to appropriate campus infrastructure for storage and sharing of your research data


  • Policies, mandates, and guidelines are in flux and highly variable. While we network to keep ahead of the curve, if a policy is not public or is reinforced inconsistently, we may not be privy.
  • We cannot provide legal advice, but we can direct you to the appropriate resources on campus.
  • We cannot guarantee funding success, but if data management was cited as an issue in your proposal review, please contact us so we can address the issues in subsequent submissions.

Contact Us

visit:  310-312 Main Library | 1408 W Gregory Dr | Urbana, IL 61801 USA
call:  (217) 300-3513
email: researchdata [at] library [dot] illinois [dot] edu
twitter: @ILresearchdata