What is Research Data Management

Research data management concerns the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results.

Research Data Management is part of the research process, and aims to make the research process as efficient as possible, and meet expectations and requirements of the university, research funders, and legislation.

It concerns how you:

  • Create data and plan for its use,
  • Organise, structure, and name data,
  • Keep it – make it secure, provide access, store and back it up,
  • Find information resources, and share with collaborators and more broadly, publish and get cited. 

"Research data management concerns the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results. It aims to ensure reliable verification of results, and permits new and innovative research built on existing information."

(from, Whyte, A., Tedds, J. (2011). ‘Making the Case for Research Data Management’. DCC Briefing Papers. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online)

"The scientific process is enhanced by managing and sharing research data. Good research data management practice allows reliable verification of results and permits new and innovative research built on existing information. This is important if the full value of public investment in research is to be realised. These principles have been recognised by key stakeholders: most Research Councils now have policies in place which encourage or mandate the creation of a research data management plan and the deposit of research data in a recognised data centre where such exist. Many leading journals require underlying datasets also to be published or made accessible as part of the essential evidence base of a scholarly article."

JISC 

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) give an insight into the importance of providing access to research data and the risks of not managing data effectively. (video)

Further Information

Research Data material:

RDM Principles

Data Planning Documents

DMP Documents - Small file

Poster (pdf pdf)

University of Leicester Research Data Management poster

Brochure (pdf pdf)

Copies: researchdata@le.ac.uk 

Blog Data For Research Blog

Glossary

A-Z

books

Input and feedback

2017 - This website will be relaunched in spring/summer 2017. Feedback and input is welcome, so please let the RDM project team know what type of content you would like to be included on the website by contacting us at researchdata@le.ac.uk.

RDM news and events
  1. The University has adopted a simple data classification model which must be applied by the PI and/or data owner
  2. We share our RDM survey: overview findings presentation as well as the results of our 2015 survey on Your research data management needs
  3. "Introduction to Information Governance" training is now available via "Embedding Informatics in Clinical Education" (EICE). The University is registered as an institution so you can register against this or ask for an account via IGT@le.ac.uk.
  4. There is now a University Information Governance web presence
  5. Our Data Management Planning documents have been updated - hard copies can be obtained if you contact researchdata@le.ac.uk
  6. Jisc has published a new RDM strategy document - "Directions for RDM Management in UK Universities"
  7. The Partridge Review - HSCIC Data Release Review - Full report (3.58 Mb) and Summary
  8. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have published a new Research data policy underpinned by nine core principles and Data management plan guidance (26/03/2015)
  9. RDM Principles approved by the University.
  10. DMPonline version 4.0 - DCC "DMPonline" (Data Management Planning) v4 has gone live. You can use this web based form to create your Data Management Plan, and share it with your collaborators.
  11. Research funder specific web pages (accessible via 'Data Planning & Management - What you need to do') for data planning and management guidance (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC)
  12. 'Data Planning & Management - what you need to' - a web page to take you through what you need to do about data planning and management.
  13. 'RDM - The Movie' is released! The 4 minute digital story of research data work here at Leicester.

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