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Research Data Management  

This guide provides an overview of research data management and teaches you how to store, cite and improve the discoverability of your data to give your research a boost.
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is Research Data Management?

Research data management refers to the process of organising, documenting and curating data at all stages of the research lifecycle.

All UNE researchers have responsibilities when it comes to managing research data. A well managed data set is a valuable research output that others can use to further their understanding of your work.


What are the benefits?

Managing and sharing your research data increases the impact of your research by:

  • Driving up citation counts by allowing others to cite your data in their own work
  • Giving you the credit you deserve for producing high-quality data sets
  • Allowing for the long-term preservation of data, so yourself and others can access and re-use it in future


Managing your research data

The Research Advisory and Engagement Services Group in the Library is a great first point of contact for any questions you have about managing and storing your data, including advice about creating your data management plan.

An effective data management plan sets out how you intend to collect, store and manage your data and should include:

  • What file formats your data will be created in
  • What software are required to access this data
  • Where you will store your data, and how long it needs to be kept
  • Any ethical considerations that will influence the storage or re-use of data

Data management plan template and checklist

The template and checklist are available to guide you with the development of a data management plan to effectively manage your research data, at all stages of the research life cycle.

Both documents are based on current best practice principles identified in plans adopted by other Australian universities, the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the UK Digital Curation Centre.

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