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Research Data Management: Learn about RDM - 10 Research Data THINGS!

What is the 10 Research Data Things?

The 10 research data Things is a self-paced learning program that provides an opportunity to explore issues surrounding management of research data, specifically for researchers working with marine science data. 

How can I work through these Things?

  • All Things have 1 to 3 Activities. You can pick and mix from the Activities to suit your interests.
  • You can do as much or as little of the Things and Activities as you want to do, or need to know.
  • Some of the Activities are intended as an introduction to a topic, and some delve a little deeper. Choose what interests you and suits your experience.
  • You can work through Activities on your own at your own pace, or in a group.

What Should Data Management Plans Consider?

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:
  • what sort of data do you intend to collect and generate?
  • how will you collect & generate this data?
  • volume of data?
  • any software required?
  • confidentiality and privacy requirements (need to de-identify participants?)
  • quality control considerations?

The research data management plan

- both a plan and a record



The ownership, copyright, licensing & intellectual property, sharing of data:
  • who does the data belong to (especially in collaborative projects)?
  • who will have access to the data?
  • intended use of data collected
    • personal use only
    • can the data be sold?
    • intend to share data with other researches through an Open Access Data Repository?
      • apply a Creative Commons license?
      • available after an embargo period
      • available by application (mediation)
      • data completely/partially available
Compliance with:
  • institutional policies and legislation requirements
  • funder's policies and legislation requirements 
  • standard industrial practices
Organising and documenting the data:
  • file formats and version control
  • naming protocols for file names
  • describing data collected (metadata) so it makes sense later on
    • what, where, why,who, how, etc.
    • FAIR concept
      • Findable
      • Accessible
      • Interoperable
      • Re-usable
  • who is responsible for collecting what data
  • quality control
  • Storage of data and administrative paperwork (preservation):
    • during collection - where will you store the data & the backup copies?
    • post-project storage of data - long term copy, for how long?
    • long term access to data and software to view data
    • ECU Records and Archives Management Services