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Engineering: Managing your research data

Subjects: Engineering, Patents

Data repositories

There is not one definitive Engineering repository, but the following list provides some examples of major repositories that accept a variety of data.

You may also want to search for very subject-specific repositories on

Data management tools

Commercialising Intellectual Property?

The University of Oxford has a spin-out company called Isis Innovation Limited that can provide advice and further information to researchers thinking of commercialising intellectual property. How you share you research data will need to be considered in these situations.

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.


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 -

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 -

Case studies

Here you will find some of examples of engineering research data management for a variety of projects in different disciplines of Engineering, illustrating good practices and/or challenges or areas for improvement.

Background reading for data management

Here are some suggested further reading on research data management and particular aspects of it. This list is not exhaustive, however, and so it is recommended you search library catalogues and online for further information on topics of particular relevance to your research data management needs.


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

Alternatively, you can contact your Subject Librarian for assistance.


Links to on-line training or courses being offered.

List of Data Management Training Courses 
Here you will find a list of all of the training sessions in research data management available at Oxford University and further afield.
The MANTRA course offers interactive tutorials to help you to understand data management and develop practical skills in managing data.

ORA Data for Oxford researchers

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.