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Research Data Management: RDM


Research data management (RDM) describes the organisation, storage, preservation, and sharing of data collected and used in a research project.


Consider the formats and types of data you will generate during the lifecycle of a research. Organizing your files with consistent and descriptive names can make your data easier to understand, share, and preserve.

The management of research data is essential to high quality research and academic integrity. Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, or an academic working on a research project, managing your data well is one of the best ways ensure standardisation, reproducibility, and the ability to disseminate your research; along with saving you time in the long run. Without proper data management, the validity of research results might be doubted, jeopardising your reputation, as well as the reputation of the college.


The Research Data Lifecycle

Research Data Lifecycle

Creating a research Data Management Plan (DMP) at the start of the research project is the easiest way to open up research data and save time collecting, describing and analysing data. Effective management and documentation of research data means you can verify your results, replicate the research, and provide access to data. Funding agencies are progressively requiring data to be made publicly available and requiring the execution of a DMP. 


Data Management Plan

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a document that describes:

  • What data will be created
  • What policies will apply to the data
  • Who will own and have access to the data
  • What data management practices will be used
  • What facilities and equipment will be required
  • Who will be responsible for each of these activities.


Some funders specify a specific template for their data management plans, however if one is not provided you can checkout this Résumé for Researchers suggested template to help get you started.


Note: Your DMP is a document that will change over time as they are working documents and should be updated as the project progresses or if there are any significant changes to the initial project plan.

Where can I deposit my data?

A list of other trusted repositories is available at Re3data.


A practical guide to the international alignment of research data management - Science Europe

This resource offers targeted guidance for organisations, scientific communities, as well as individual researchers, to organise research data and preserve it appropriately.

How to create a Data Management Plan - OpenAIRE

Guides for Researchers for H2020 projects.

How to Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan - Digital Curation Centre

Outlines the process of developing a data management and sharing plan.


ARGOS - An open and collaborative platform developed by OpenAIRE to facilitate Research Data Management (RDM) activities concerning the implementation of Data Management Plans.

DMPTool - Create data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements. The DMPOnline tool provides a free template for the drafting of your Horizon2020 DMP.

DMPOnline - helps you to create, review, and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements.

DS Wizard - Create Smart Data Management Plans for FAIR Open Science.

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