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Research data management

Research data management is an important topic, and even more so with the enactment of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GPDR).

Poor data management has numerous risks, in particular accidental loss of data, reputational risk, and inappropriate release of data.

It is recommended that:

  • All researchers create and regularly review a Data Management Plan for their research, seeking the advice of the Research Data Management team where needed.
  • All researchers attend a Research Data Management workshop.
  • All researchers ensure their data is securely backed up in at least two locations.
  • All researchers submit their data for sharing in the University repository if no discipline-specific repository exists.
  • PhD supervisors should support their students to have a Data Management Plan.

There are Research Data Management workshops seven times a year specifically aimed at PhD students, and the Research Data Management team will deliver training on request to departments and research groups.

The Research Data Management team supports good research data management practice through provision of robust advice, information and infrastructure. Examples include online resources on the Research Data Management website; regular training courses and training provision on demand for PIs; and infrastructure provided by local IT support, UIS data storage and backup services, and the Apollo repository.