UI Human Subject Research

All investigators, staff and students with Human Subjects in their research are required to complete online CITI training and get Internal Review Board (IRB) approval. For more information see UI Human Research Protections.

Data Management Decision Tree

A step-by-step guide to documenting and publishing data and tools.

NKN Data Checklist


Intermediate Metadata

Track pertinent information needed to write final standards-based metadata (biophysical worksheet, social worksheet)

UI Library Data Management Planning

Resources from the UI Library including a Data Management Planning Checklist, Data Management Plan examples, templates, and links.

Michener 2015. Ten Simple Rules for Creating a Good Data Management Plan PLoS Comput Biol 11(10): e1004525

Borer et al. 2009. Some Simple Guidelines for Effective Data Management. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 2009: April.

Hampton et al. 2015. The Tao of open science for ecology. Ecosphere 6(7):120.
makes a case for a shift to open science and gives overview of best practices and tools to facilitate this shift

Nosek et al. 2015. Promoting an open research culture. Science 348 (6242).
describes transparency and openness guidelines agreed to by a group of leading journals; see list of journal signatories to these guidelines


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes YOU from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.


DataCite is a leading global non-profit organization that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data. Their goal is to help the research community locate, identify, and cite research data with confidence. NKN has the capacity to issue Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) through our relationship with DataCite.


The DataONE Investigator Toolkit is a collection of software tools for finding, using, and contributing data in DataONE.

View the NKN DataONE Dashboard


DataUp is an open source tool to help researchers document, manage, and archive their tabular data.

Data Basin

Data Basin is a science-based mapping and analysis platform that supports learning, research, and sustainable environmental stewardship.


Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) is a a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding species in the U. S. and territories.

USGS Geo Data Portal

The USGS Geo Data Portal (GDP) project provides scientists and environmental resource managers access to downscaled climate projections and other data resources that are otherwise difficult to access and manipulate.


ScienceBase provides a data cataloging and collaborative data management platform for USGS scientists and partners.


OwnCloud is NKN's cloud storage, similar to DropBox.

How to use OwnCloud:


NKN's THREDDS Data Server (TDS) is a web server that provides metadata and data access for scientific datasets, using a variety of remote data access protocols (e.g., OPeNDAP, OGC WMS and WCS, HTTP).

UI Library Data Management Planning

Resources from the UI Library including a Data Management Planning Checklist, Data Management Plan examples, templates, and links.

Digital Initiatives

The Digital Initiatives department works to preserve and make accessible collections from the library, the University of Idaho, and the State of Idaho via its digitization, database, and digital archiving services.

Idaho Waters Digital Library

The Idaho Waters Digital Library provides access to information about water issues in key Idaho river basins with particular emphasis on the Coeur d'Alene and Boise Basins.


INSIDE Idaho (Interactive Numeric & Spatial Information Data Engine) is the official geospatial data clearinghouse for the State of Idaho.


VIVO is a research-focused discovery tool that enables collaboration across all disciplines at the University of Idaho. Fed from institutional and publicly accessible data, VIVO includes a network of experts, web profiles, and an archive of publications.