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Introduction to Research Data Management (Video)

Accompanying slides (PDF) can be accessed here: Introduction to research data management.

  • Research Data Management - what, where, why and how?

    What is it?

    Research data management (RDM) is the process of looking after your research data.

    Where does it fit in the Vitae Research Development Framework?

    Research Skills (RDF C2) Research Management.

    Why should you do it?

    Well-managed data is easier to find, understand and analyse and harder to lose. It can also be shared, widening the impact of your research and potentially leading to increased citations.

    How do you do it?

    RDM involves: organising and documenting your data; keeping it safe, secure and backed up; archiving it for the long-term; optionally sharing or publishing it; and planning how you will carry out these activities.

  • Data Repositories

    Research data is best preserved and published using a research data repository. A repository is an online database service that manages the long-term storage and preservation of digital resources and provides a catalogue for discovery and access.

    Some funders provide data centres to preserve and publish research data from the projects they fund. If a repository is not specified by the funder, there are many discipline based data repositories established by research communities, where data may be deposited. Some journal publishers specify repositories in which data, code and supplementary materials may be deposited.

    Data Centres and portals:

    Registries of research data repositories:

    • Re3Data provides a searchable directory of research data repositories.
    • Research Pipeline is a guide to the world's free data
    • a curated, searchable portal of data standards, databases and policies in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences.

    There are many discipline specific repositories available, whilst some are multi-disciplinary such as:

  • Useful Links and Support

    Useful guides and resources:

    Who can help?

    James Stephens

    Library Resources and Research Manager | Library Resources and Skills Team | Information Services

    T: 01524 384455. Ext: 4455 | E:


  • Data Management: A Horror Story

    A data management horror story by Karen Hanson, Alisa Surkis and Karen Yacobucci. This is what shouldn't happen when a researcher makes a data sharing request!

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