What are Research Data?
“Research data are the evidence that underpins the answer to the research question, and can be used to validate findings regardless of its form (e.g. print, digital, or physical)[i]. These might be quantitative information or qualitative statements collected by researchers in the course of their work by experimentation, observation, modelling, interview or other methods, or information derived from existing evidence.”
[i] Concordat on Open Research Data, RCUK, July 2016
What is Research Data Management?
Research data management (RDM) is a key element of the research process and good practice is essential to the responsible conduct of research. It can make research run more efficiently and effectively and ultimately lead to a higher quality of research.
In these pages, you will find information about:
- how to plan to manage your data
- ideas and suggestions on how to manage your data during research
- how to store your data
- how to share your data
- how to preserve your data for the long term
If you are externally funded, your funder may have requirements around research data and research data management. See the policies and guidance section for further details.