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What is 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 Data Supporting Research Outputs).
Good data management practices help organise, store, and retrieve data for use during the project, and after it is completed.
To find out more about the principles behind data management go to:
Data management planning
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) -
Additional reading for data management
Datahub is a free, powerful data management platform from the Open Knowledge Foundation, based on the CKAN data management system.
FigShare provides limited free storage space to hold your research data. You can also use FigShare to share your research data openly on-line.
A repository for data, code and communication around Data Linkage /Entity Resolution /Disambiguation for researchers involved in combining datasets.
Oxford research archive holds records about datasets created as part of research work at Oxford University; it can also be used to deposit a dataset if there is no suitable subject, government or funder based repository available.
Registry of research data repositories
A global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines.
UK Data Archive
The Archive acquires, curates, publishes and preserves primary research data on behalf of the UK Data Service,
An international data repository for science, engineering and design.
Data Management Training
Here you will find information about workshops, self-study materials, online and taught courses and in research data management available at Oxford University and further afield.
The course offers interactive tutorials to help you to understand data management and develop practical skills in managing data.
If you have any enquiries about data management at Oxford University, you can e-mail the RDO data management team. Alternatively, you can contact either your subject consultant, or John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian for assistance.