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Research Data Management: What does RDM involve?

Research Data and the Research Lifecycle

The creation, management, dissemination and use/re-use of research data can be key to the outcome and impact of any research project.  Increasingly, research funders and publishers are mandating the deposit and dissemination of research data, to support replication and development of research findings, and public engagement where appropriate.

Research data lifecycle

RDM is not just for scientists!  Research data comes in many forms.

For instance:
  • Recordings and transcripts
  • Laboratory notebooks, field notebooks, diaries
  • Photographs and video footage
  • Slides, artefacts, specimens, samples
  • Test responses
  • Survey results
  • Codebooks
  • Text files
  • Spreadsheets
  • Search strings
  • Databases
  • Models, algorithms, scripts
  • Contents of an application such as input, output, log files for analysis software, simulation software, schemas
  • Methodologies and workflows
  • Standard operating procedures and protocols

Introducing the Digital Curation Centre

Funded by JISC and based primarily in Edinburgh, the Digital Curation Centre "is an internationally-recognised centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on building capability and skills for research data management".  This short video (12 minutes) introduces their resources and services for researchers in the UK and elsewhere.  

See also

Related Library guides University of Hull researchers may find useful:

JISC Research Data Management twitter feed

Not sharing data

The following reasons are considered valid when making statements about why data is not being shared.  These reasons are made available to clarify the need to make such a statement in keeping with EPSRC research data expectation 6.

Where access to the data is restricted the published metadata should also give the reason and summarise the conditions which must be satisfied for access to be granted. For example ‘commercially confidential’ data, in which a business organisation has a legitimate interest, might be made available to others subject to a suitable legally enforceable non-disclosure agreement.



Possible conditions for access

 Commercially confidential

  1. Non-disclosure agreement
  2. Through agreement with the commercial owner

 Legal restriction (e.g., patent pending)

  1. Legal agreement providing the ability to share as an addendum to any previous legal arrangement
  2. Agreeing a date after which the data will be free of legal restriction and made available

 Security-sensitive material

  1. Non-disclosure agreement
  2. Cleaned version of the data

 Privileged use to support publication (as outlined in the RCUK common principles on data)

  1. Set embargo period beyond which data is made available
  2. Restricted view for peer review to support publication