What counts as data will differ across disciplines, but, broadly defined, data is anything that would be needed in the future to validate the results of your research. The management of data collected during the course of your research project is an important element that needs to be planned properly.
As a researcher you’re responsible for:
When developing your research project, you should discuss with your supervisor and/or your research partners:
In the early stage of your research you should consider all these issues and plan ahead.
Completing a research data management plan is good research practice. As a researcher, you may be required by funding bodies to complete a data plan in the future.
When developing a research data management plan, you must consider the following:
You should refer to your plan regularly and update it if your data management requirements change.
ECU's Data Management Plan Template will help you to develop your plan and is available in the Downloads box.
ECU’s Research Data Management policy provides additional guidance on data management for research students and staff. The policy reflects The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Section Two of the Code outlines the responsibilities of researchers in relating to data.
For more information on data needs in particular disciplines the following online resources may be useful:
For assistance with research data management issues, contact the Library’s data management staff, Email: email@example.com.
For assistance with research data management and EResearch enquiries, contact EResearch Coordinator, Heather Boyd, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance with data storage issues contact the IT Service Centre, Email: email@example.com.
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