Research data management (RDM) means the storage, curation, preservation and provision of continuing access to analogue and digital research data. RDM is a way of codifying these research good practices in a way that can make it easier for you to conduct your research.
Research Data Management has recently become a priority for research funders, including RCUK who have issued their Concordat on Open Research Data as well as the Wellcome Trust and Horizon 2020.
These policies set out an expectation on researchers that they register what data they have created, where it can be found and make it available to other researchers as and when required. So whether your data stays with you or is shared with collaborators or is destined for a disciplinary repository, the important thing is that you know what it is, what you’re doing with it and what will happen to it in the future.
Research data management (RDM) is a key element of the research process and good practice is essential to the responsible conduct of research. It can make research run more efficiently and effectively and ultimately lead to a higher quality of research.
In these pages, you will find information about:
- how to plan to manage your data
- ideas and suggestions on how to manage your data during research
- how to store your data
- how to share your data
- how to preserve your data for the long term
If you are externally funded, your funder may have requirements around research data and research data management. See the policies and guidance section for further details.