Comprehensive Data Management Planning & Services


RDMSG consultants are available to provide researchers with individual assistance in writing data management plans, and in locating the data management services they need. They are available for consultations upon request via phone, by email or in person. For assistance, please contact us.

Consultants strive to meet the Cornell research community’s data management needs. Consultants carry out their work in accordance with the consultants' operating principles, and limitations apply to the services of the RDMSG.

Florio Arguillas

Florio is a Research Associate at the Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS). He helps social science researchers on campus in qualitative and quantitative data management and processing, assessing and mitigating disclosure risks; and develops and conducts seminars, training sessions, and workshops on the use of both qualitative and quantitative software packages such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, and Atlas.ti, among others. He also manages the CCSS Helpdesk, a team of highly-skilled graduate students who help researchers and students on campus with data access, data manipulation, program logic, program syntax and de-bugging, as well as database conversions, and file transfers across computing platforms. Florio holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Development Sociology (Cornell University), an M.A. in Demography (University of the Philippines), and an A.B. Economics degree (Ateneo de Davao University). Areas of focus: Qualitative and quantitative data management and processing; qualitative and quantitative software packages; disclosure risks avoidance.

Adam Brazier

Adam is a Computational Scientist at the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing, having previously been Science Software Architect for the CCAT Telescope Project. Adam has worked on a number of projects with a focus on scientific data, where he has been responsible for specifying overall software and data management standards, and science dataflow and data management system design. Adam has designed, created and maintains cyberinfrastructure solutions for geographically distributed astronomy consortia and is responsible for managing, archiving and sharing of astronomy data and data products for the NANOGrav gravitational wave detection project and the PALFA pulsar search project. He has a BSc in Physics and Philosophy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from King's College, London and an MSc and PhD in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College, London and is certified to teach High School in New York State. Areas of focus: End-to-end management of Physical Sciences data, particularly mediated with databases; education in the physical sciences and the use of cyber-infrastructure technologies to enhance educational opportunities and achievement.

Dianne Dietrich

Dianne is the Digital Projects Librarian within the Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services program at Cornell University Library. As a member of the Digital Curation Services unit, she coordinates digital collection projects and helps further digital preservation objectives for the library. She has her library degree from the University of Michigan and a BA in Mathematics from Wesleyan University. Areas of focus: digital preservation, digital forensics

Amy Dygert

Amy Vanderlyke Dygert is Director of Copyright Services at Cornell University. She handles contracts and license agreements for digital resources, repositories, and various user services. She also works with faculty, staff, and students on issues including fair use, open access, author rights, publishing contracts, licensing, privacy, donor relations, and other areas of intellectual property. She has a B.A. in journalism from SUNY Oswego, M.A. in magazine, newspaper, and online journalism, M.S. in new media, M.S. in instructional design, development, and evaluation, and a J.D., all from Syracuse University.

Keith Jenkins

Keith is the GIS/Geospatial Applications Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library, where he helps students, staff, and faculty to find geospatial data and to use GIS (geographic information systems) software for mapping or analysis. He also manages CUGIR, the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository. Keith has a B.A. in Mathematics, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science. Areas of focus: geospatial data and metadata.

Erica M. Johns

Erica is the Research Data and Environmental Sciences Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library. She serves as the liaison to the Cornell departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources, and Fiber Science and Apparel Design. Erica is a consultant for the Research Data Management Services Group (RDMSG) at Cornell. Her interests include data curation, data citation, data discovery, metadata, the semantic web, information architecture, scientific computing, reproducible research, information and data literacy within the environmental sciences and textile arts, and slow fashion. Erica has a Agriculture from the University of Georgia and a M.S. in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. Erica has spent time working for NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the National Climatic Data Center. 

Amelia Kallaher

Amelia is the Data Literacy Librarian at the Albert R. Mann Library where she focuses on the area of critical data literacy (e.g. algorithmic literacy, privacy literacy, community data collection activism, etc.) and collaborates with other librarians and relevant stakeholders across the Library and University to advance instruction on data literacy, particularly for an undergraduate audience. She serves as the Mann Library Instruction team’s lead for educational and learning technologies and keeps the team abreast of new innovative ways to deliver pedagogically sound and effective data instruction. Her interests include data discovery, reproducible research, and information and data literacy within the social science fields. Amelia has a B.A. in History and an M.L.I.S in Library & Information Sciences both from the University of South Florida.

Lynda Kellam

Lynda Kellam is the Senior Data Librarian at the Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS). She manages the CCSS data archive and archive staff. She supports a range of services within CCSS through training and consultations, including data discovery, data management, and data curation. Lynda has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Library Sciences from UNCG, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also a History doctoral candidate working on conceptions of state responsibility in the 1890s. Areas of focus: political science data, government data, qualitative data analysis, and data management.

Rich Knepper

Rich is the Deputy Director of the Center for Advanced Computing, which provides expertise as well as computational and storage resources to Cornell Faculty. Rich earned his PhD in Informatics at Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing and his research focuses on the establishment and performance of virtual organizations for support of research. Rich is the manager of Cyberinfrastructure Research Integration in the XSEDE project, current chair of the Linux Clusters Institute steering committee, and co-founder of the Emerging Centers facing in the Campuses Research Computing Consortium. Areas of focus: cyberinfrastructure for research, high performance and cloud computing, computational sciences.

Wendy Kozlowski

Wendy Kozlowski is the Data Curation Specialist at the John M. Olin Library. She is also the Research Data Management Services Group coordinator, and serves as the liaison between the RDMSG participants, the RDMSG management council and the RDMSG faculty advisory board. At Olin, Wendy’s work with Library Technical Services focuses on metadata issues related to the data curation lifecycle, outreach and consultation on information management and other needs related to research data.  She has a B.A. in biology from Boston University and a M.S. in ecology from San Diego State University, and spent 19 years in biology and oceanography research, working on multi-disciplinary data sets and with teams from numerous institutions both in and outside the United States. Areas of focus: data and metadata management, organization, preservation and access.

Whitney Kramer

Whitney is the ILR Research and Data Librarian at Catherwood Library. She provides research support and instruction to the Cornell Economics and ILR School communities, with a focus on social science data discovery, analysis, and management. Area of focus: economic and labor data.

Leah R. McEwen

Leah is the Chemistry Librarian at Cornell University based in the Edna McConnell Clark Physical Sciences Library. She is responsible for information services and digital collections for research and learning communities in chemistry and related fields. Her interests are in applying scientific and information expertise broadly across the research cycle, focusing on discovery and access, digital information tools and data management and reuse. She is active in national and international efforts in chemical data management and standards development. Leah has a B.A. in Nutritional Sciences, and M.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Library Science. Areas of focus: chemistry research data, data management and organization, data sharing and reuse, FAIR chemical data.

Michelle Paolillo

Michelle Paolillo is a project manager and business analyst in the Cornell University Library (CUL), serving in the department of Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS). She manages CUL’s digitization effort with Google (Cornell’s contribution to Google Books), serves as Cornell’s liaison to HathiTrust, and as the Service Manager for the Cornell University Library Archival Repository (CULAR). She is familiar with the creation of digital objects at scale, and general strategies for preservation of digital assets. She is familiar with CUL’s various digital repositories. Michelle’s service in CUL goes back more than 25 years, and includes positions within Public Services. More recently she has spent over 12 years in Information Technology oriented positions, including systems administration and technical consulting. The range of her experiences gives her a broad perspective in support of scholarly inquiry. Areas of focus: data repositories at CUL and preservation strategies for digital assets

Henrik Spoon

Henrik Spoon is the Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics librarian, and a senior research associate in the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CCAPS). Henrik has 25 years of experience with extracting, analyzing and publishing spectroscopic data obtained by ground- and space-based observatories, mostly at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. Henrik obtained his MSc in Astronomy from Utrecht University and his PhD in Astronomy from Groningen University, both in The Netherlands. Areas of focus: astronomical data, metadata, website preservation, collection development.

James Vanee

James is the IT Director for the Institute of Biotechnology where he works with our Biotechnology Resource Center core facility directors to manage and share the data they produce for our research community. He works closely with the BRC bioinformatics Facility, CAC and other service providers to meet the challenges related to the BRC's ever growing capacity to generate imaging, genomics and proteomics data. Working within the institute for 20+ years, first as a laboratory technician and later moving into Informatics and Information Technology, he has a deep understanding of the challenges facing our life science researchers whether they are working on individual projects or team science.  Areas of Focus: Life Sciences, High volume/High velocity data and sharing/collaboration

Drew Wright

Drew is the Research Librarian and Research Services Coordinator at Weill Cornell Medical Library, where he serves as a liaison between the library and the research community and provides support to students and faculty regarding publishing, grant-writing, experimental design, and data management. Drew has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Library and Information Science. Areas of focus: scientific data curation, scholarly communication, emerging technologies, and metadata

Sarah Wright

Sarah is the Research Data & Life Sciences Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library. Her interests include scholarly communication and information trends in the molecular and life sciences disciplines. At Mann Library, she participates in disciplinary research support service initiatives including data curation. Sarah has a B.S. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and M.S. degrees in Botany and in Information Science. Areas of focus: life sciences research data, data management and organization, the data lifecycle, data curation.