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Research Data Management (RDM) refers to the activity of working with research data throughout the research process, from data collection, data storage and backup, to data sharing at the end of a research project. It is essential in responsible, high-quality and professional research. Good practice in data management will bring benefits to researchers, institutions and the wider public.

  Good research data management can:

‚ÄčIncrease research impact
Making your data available to other researchers can increase the discovery, citation and impact of your research.
Save time and effort
Planning ahead for your data management needs will save you time, resource and duplication of effort.

Preserve data
Depositing your data in a repository preserves your research contribution for you and others to use and minimise the risk of data loss.

Maintain data integrity
Managing and documenting your data throughout its life cycle will allow you and others to understand, verify and reproduce your data in the future.
Meet grant requirements
Many funding agencies now require that researchers deposit data collected as part of a research project.
Promote new discoveries
Sharing your data with other researchers can lead to new and unanticipated discoveries and provide research material for those with little or no funding.
Support open access
Be a catalyst for research and discovery. Show your support for open access by sharing your data.

Learning RDM via videos

Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts

A video created by NYU Health Sciences Library, which covers the following areas:

  • Data Sharing
  • Data storage
  • Data documentation
  • Data file formats

Research in 3 Minutes: Research Data Management

A video created by the Office of Scholarly Communication, University of Cambridge, which covers the following areas:

  • What is Research Data Management (RDM)?
  • Why is RDM needed?
  • How to manage research data?
  • How to share research data?
  • What is a Data Management Plan (DMP)?

Knowledge clip: What is Research Data Management (RDM)?

A video created by Ghent University Data Stewards, which covers the following areas:

  • The concept of Research Data Management (RDM)
  • The goal of RDM
  • What do we mean by research data?
  • What are data management activities?
  • What are the benefits of RDM?