Research Data Management
Research Data Management (RDM) covers the whole lifecycle of your research data. It includes planning your work, managing your live data, preserving your research data for the long-term, and sharing your data with others. It applies to all disciplines and to all forms of data.
Many research funders have research data requirements. The University has a Research Data Management policy that recognises that effective research data management is a key component of good research practice and that it contributes to a culture of research excellence. There are many reasons why you should take Research Data Management seriously.
It is useful to think of RDM in three stages: before, during and after your research project. It includes
- planning how you will look after your data, with many research funders now requiring data management and sharing plans as part of funding applications
- managing your live data on a day-to-day basis whilst working on your project
- sharing your data with your future self and/or others for the long-term
The University offers the following services throughout the lifecycle of your research data
- Data Management Planning Tool with SHU and funder specific guidance to help you plan your project
- Research Store (Q:\Research) to help you manage, store and backup your live data during your project
- SHU Research Data Archive (SHURDA) to help you register, preserve and share your digital and non-digital data when you publish or when your project finishes
- Where do I begin with data management? To help you get started with Research Data Management before you start your project, eg in the pre-award or planning phase.
- What should I do when I publish a paper, or when I am at the end of my project?
Help and support
There is further help and support in the form of
- a One Stop Shop website with guidance and signposting to relevant SHU services and external resources
- a RDM Advisory Service (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any queries and help with planning, managing, keeping and sharing your research data
- a program of Workshops and events, both as part of existing CPD and induction programs, and tailored events on request
Last updated: 19 October, 2016