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This Research Data Management guide is designed to present an introduction to research data and the management of data for the research community at ECU.
What is Research Data?
Research data could be anything that may be needed to validate the results of research. Not only is it the product of research, it could also be the starting point for new research.
Research data could include images, sound/video recordings, artifacts, surveys, questionnaires, interview transcripts, statistical data and analyses, measurements, fieldwork notes.
Some definitions of what constitutes data are found on the ANDS (Australian National Data Service) website
What are Research Records?
The paperwork surrounding and supporting research projects include items such as administrative and research correspondence, forms, clearances, reports, master lists, etc. Records such as these are important to manage during and after the project.
What is Metadata?
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) in their publication Understanding metadata describes metadata as structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use, or manage an information resource.