Mission Statement

JHUDMS fosters data management best practices by providing guidance, education and training and offering data archiving and sharing services in support of researcher, institution, and agency goals.


Launched in 2011 as part of the Entrepreneurial Library Program of the JHU Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins Data Management Services (DMS) provides support and guidance to JHU researchers by helping them prepare data management plans for proposals and providing research data archiving services for making data available online. The DMS was an outgrowth from the Sheridan Libraries’ work on the Data Conservancy, a NSF DataNet award to build sustainable infrastructure for data sharing, access, re-use and preservation with an operational plan developed by the Entrepreneurial Library Program. Leveraging the expertise and core software system built from the Data Conservancy project, the DMS established the Johns Hopkins Data Archive, a data repository available to JHU researchers for long-term data archiving. In July 2016, the DMS became part of the Data Management Directorate of the Sheridan Libraries that includes GIS, the Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC) and Library Applications. The DMS staff is committed to developing data management services and solutions that will help JHU researchers further the knowledge discovery process. For a more comprehensive overview of our history and core services, here is a 45 minute presentation at the 2015 New England e-Science Symposium.

Meet the Data Management Team


Dave Fearon
Sr. Consultant
Dave Fearon received his Masters of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, with an emphasis in informatics and data curation. He also has a PhD. in Sociology from U.C. Santa Barbara, specializing in sociolinguistics and organizations.
Chen Chiu
Chen Chiu received her PhD in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Chen was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins before joining the team and her research was about echolocating and flight behavior of bats.
Reid Boehm
Reid Boehm received a PhD. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee where she studied government information on socially complex problems. Prior to joining the Data Management Services group, Reid was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame where she investigated data management and curation needs for the sciences and social sciences.
Betsy Gunia
Consultant (part-time)
Betsy Gunia received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, with a concentration in data curation. She also holds an M.S. from the University of Nevada-Reno in natural resources and environmental science where she studied the effects of tree canopy cover and prescribed fire on the soil seed bank. Prior to starting a family, she worked full-time as a data management consultant for JHUDMS.
Mara Blake
Data Services Manager
Mara Blake is the Manager of the Data Services group at the Sheridan Libraries and Museums of Johns Hopkins University, which includes the Data Management Services and Geographic Information System (GIS) groups. She received her MS from the University of Illinois in Information Science.
Sayeed Choudhury
Associate Dean for Research Data Management
G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He leads the Data Management Directorate which includes Data Management Services, GIS and IT Infrastructure and applications. See Sayeed’s full biography here.