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Cheryl Thompson

Research Data Archivist

Cheryl A. Thompson is a Research Data Archivist at the H.W Odum Institute for Research in Social Sciences. She joined Odum Institute from University of Illinois’s Center for Research in Science & Scholarship, where she was a Postdoctoral Researcher examining data management infrastructure in astronomy with particular interest in the transfer of data practices and expertise across large-scale sky surveys.

Her research focuses on information infrastructure, specifically how to build and sustain data services, workforces, and tools capable of supporting scientific integrity and data preservation. She is a Carpentries Instructor and holds an early career fellowship from Whole Tale & Research Data Alliance (2018-2019). Thompson received her PhD from the University of Illinois and MS from UNC’s School of Information & Library Science.

As an archivist, Thompson hopes to promote the trustworthiness of science through better data sharing, transparency of practice, and responsive data education.


Cheryl is available to provide consulting and support in the following areas:

  • Qualitative data management
  • UNC Dataverse support
  • Data management and curation
  • Data management plans
  • Finding and accessing data
  • Data archiving and sharing
  • Data policy development and implementation
  • Reproducible research best practices
  • Data education and training
  • Qualitative Data Repository Institutional Representative

Cheryl Thompson’s CV