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Research Data Management

A guide to finding, planning, and sharing research data.

Research Data Lifecycle

Data Management Lifecycle diagram

Data Management Lifecycle

Source: Research Data Life Cycle from the University of Virginia.

Research Data Management

Research data management is a general term covering how you organize, structure, store, and care for the information used or generated during a research project.  It includes:

  • Planning how your data will be looked after – many funders now require data plans as part of applications
  • How you deal with information on a day-to-day basis over the lifetime of a project
  • What happens to data in the longer term – what you do with it after the project concludes

Source: "What is RDM?" by the University of Oxford.

Funding Agency Requirements

The draft Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, as well as CIHR and SSHRC policies for research data management are included below. For information on other funding agencies, please contact your subject librarian.

Library Research Data Management Assistance

The library can help you:

  • Find existing research data
  • Understand the data management requirements of different funding agencies
  • Create a data management plan
  • Choose an appropriate repository for your data
  • Understand best practices for disseminating and archiving your data