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Data management overview


For researchers

ANDS helps researchers to organise and manage their research data, promote and share it with other researchers, and locate other research data in Research Data Australia.

For institutions

Improving the management of Australian research data is a core ANDS priority. This guide to Research Data Management in Practice (PDF, 0.74 MB), prepared by Mercury Project Solutions, outlines the roles and responsibilities of hosting institutions and individual researchers with respect to data management.

The information below sets out fundamental elements that institutions will need to consider in formulating their data management framework and strategies.

Institutional policy and procedures

Examples of Australian University data policy and procedures

IT infrastructure (hardware and software)

Support services (people & advice)

Training for researchers

Upskilling of support roles

Ensuring data is long lived

Managing metadata

Creation of metadata records

Bringing it all together

A one-stop-shop set of web pages for research support staff and researchers can help tie it all together and present a logical step by step process. By presenting the information in this way people can easily find what they need as well as be made aware of all the other steps they need to do.

How the components of research data management are organised will vary between institutions but they may include such things as: human contacts, activities/events, online tools and online information etc.

Readings, examples and resources



  • The Digital Curation Centre in the UK provides an extensive digital library of resources covering all aspects of data management, curation and preservation. They are aimed at audiences from the novice to the expert.
  • The University of Edinburgh's Information Services web site has a set of web pages written as guidance for university researchers on research data management.
  • NZ Government principles for managing data. 'On 8 August 2011, government approved new principles for managing the data and information it holds. They have been developed to ensure high quality management of the information the government holds on the behalf of the public.'
  • The UK Data Archive provides advice on data management and sharing. 'This suite of web pages aims to provide data creators, data managers and data curators with best practice strategies and methods for creating, preparing and storing shareable datasets.' They also have a stand-alone publications Managing and Sharing Data and Review of Data Management Lifecycle Models Research Report
  • Elsevier has published a 10 aspects of highly effective data pyramid – loosely modeled on Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs which can function as a roadmap for the development of better data management processes and systems throughout the data lifecycle.

Discipline Specific

General reading