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Research Data Management: Overview

Types of Research Data

"Research data relates to data collected, generated or used in research. This includes (but is not limited to) data in the form of facts, observations, images, computer program code and results, surveys, recordings, measurements or experiences on which an argument, theory, test or hypothesis, or another research output is based.

Data may be numerical, textual, descriptive, visual, aural or tactile and includes artefacts. It may be raw, learned or processed, and may be held in any format or media. Research data is collected or created, not authored"

Source: CSU Research Data Management Policy

The Research Data Management Lifecycle


Research Data Management Lifecycle













Adapted original source: The University of California, Santa Cruz, Data Management LibGuide, Research Data Management Lifecyclediagram. Viewed 22/01/2018

Why Manage Your Reseach Data?

Benefits can include:

  • Establishing a best-practice culture
  • Improving research efficiency and effectiveness
  • Increased citations and potential collaboration through institutional Open Access deposit of data sets
  • Where appropriate making data available for reuse
  • Improving value of the dataset
  • Well curated data can open up collaboration and funding opportunities