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 Data Supporting Research Outputs).
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.
Data management planning is a key stage in preparing and delivering a research project outlining how digital materials will be processed, analysed and generally handled. This plan will vary in style and content depending upon the discipline and nature of the project.
In-depth consideration of the role of this documentation is offered through Bodleian iSkills and OU IT Learning centre, and is covered on the Research Data Oxford website. Additional DMP related information is available on the latter including links to more examples and information on the role and expectations of funders, publishers and repositories.
See below some examples of Data Management Plans (DMPs) -
Datahub is a free, powerful data management platform from the Open Knowledge Foundation, based on the CKAN data management system.
An American archive that welcomes and encourages deposits of digital data.
A new repository for data, code and communication around Data Linkage /Entity Resolution /Disambiguation for researchers involved in combining datasets.
Entries can be a pointer to your GitHub or other public site, or the code and data uploaded to the site hosted at ICPSR.
ORA-Data holds records about datasets created as part of research work at Oxford University. ORA-Data can also be used to deposit a dataset if there is no suitable subject, government or funder based repository available.
A leading social sciences archive that acquires data from many sources - from researchers to public sector and commercial organisations.
You can search for other subject specific repositories in the Registry of research data repositories