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Research Guide for Chemistry: Managing your Research Data

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What is data management?

What is Research Data Management?

All research projects generate data, “the recorded information (regardless of the form or the media in which they may exist) necessary to support or validate a research project’s observations, findings or outputs“ (cf. The University of Oxford Policy on the Management of Research Data and Records).

Good data management practices help organise, store, and retrieve data for use during the project, and after it is completed.
Find out more about the principles behind data management on the Research Data Oxford website.

Working with data

There are a number of practical activities and considerations involved with day-to-day management of research data. You can find out more about the different aspects of working with data using the links below.

Preservation

Storing your data in suitable formats and under suitable conditions helps ensure that it can be viewed and built upon by future generations of researchers. Find out more about preserving your research data here - http://researchdata.ox.ac.uk/preserving-your-data/

Sharing data

There are various legal and ethical issues you might need to think about before sharing your research data with others. Also, it's important to get credit for your data by having it cited correctly. You can find out more information about sharing data at the links below.

Citing data

A dataset can be cited in a similar way to how you would cite any other kind of source in a bibliography, although it may need to include extra details such as the version of a dataset you are referring to or what portion of data you are referencing from a larger dataset.

You can find an excellent guide to citing datasets from the Digital Curation Centre here - http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/how-guides/cite-datasets

Contacts

If you have any enquiries about data management at Oxford University, you can use the following address to E-mail the data management team -

researchdata@ox.ac.uk

Alternatively, you can contact your Subject Librarian for assistance.

Oxford Research Data

ORA-Data holds records about datasets created as part of research work at Oxford University. This makes is easier for people to locate information about and links to datasets. ORA-Data can also be used to deposit a dataset if there is no suitable subject, government or funder based repository available.