Responsible data management has increasingly become an expected element of high quality research. Discussing what is to be collected, the amount being collected (size of files), security of data collected, ownership, responsibility, etc., are issues important not only to the the individual researcher but also to the institution where the research is taking place. Funding body mandates both nationally and internationally are also considering these issues and have placed emphasis on researchers providing evidence of appropriate provision for data management and curation in grant applications.
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What is Research Data?
What are Research Records?
What is Metadata?
Metadata can be described as structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use, or manage an information resource (National Information Standards Organization (NISO). Understanding metadata)
Structural metadata indicates how compound objects are put together, for example, how pages are ordered to form chapters.
Administrative metadata provides information to help manage a resource, such as when and how it was created, file type and other technical information, and who can access it.
Basic research data management is required by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Compliance with the Code is already a requirement for ARC and NHMRC funding and is likely to be mandated by other funding bodies, government and research institutions in the near future.
On the practical side, a data management plan assists in maintaining the longevity and accessibility of your research outputs.
|The Research Data Itself:
|The ownership, copyright, licensing & intellectual property, sharing of data:
|Organising and documenting the data:
Possible Sharing of Data:
Enhance the visibility of your research - publish your Research Datasets on ECU's Research Online Repository.
Open Access Options: What data would you like to share, with whom, when and how (open, mediated, restricted).
Datasets listed on Research Online will:
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) was published by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia. It outlines the requirements of Australian research organisations in relation to the responsible conduct of research.
Edith Cowan University has accepted the requirements of the Code and also abides by other relevant Federal and State Government requirements governing integrity and ethical practice in research.
Members of the University undertaking research are required to be aware of the provisions of the Code, relevant University policies and guidelines governing responsible practice in research, as outlined below.
Section 1 - General principles of responsible research
Section 2 - Management of research data and primary materials
Section 3 - Supervision of research trainees
Section 4 - Publication and dissemination of findings
Section 5 - Authorship
Section 6 - Peer review
Section 7 - Conflicts of interest
Section 8 - Collaborative research across institutions
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