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
- Intellectual property and licensing
- Funder requirements
- Collaborative research projects
- Records management
- Managing research data
IT infrastructure (hardware and software)
- Network capability
- Identity management: ORCiD, Trove, AAF
- Storage and Metadata stores
- Data capture: ANDS data capture projects
- File format support
- High Performance Computing in Australia
Support services (people & advice)
Training for researchers
- Data management plans
- Discovery and access
- Data reuse
- Data citation
- Data publishing
- Institutional data management toolkits
Upskilling of support roles
- Conducting data interviews
- Librarians, IT, and skills for ANDS Projects
- Maximising exposure of data in Research Data Australia
Ensuring data is long lived
Creation of metadata records
- See the Metadata - ANDS guide for:
- discipline specific requirements
- preservation requirements
- metadata standards.
- Research Data Australia - Content Providers Guide
- Metadata exchange / harvesting & crosswalks / mapping
- Vocabularies - ANDS Guide
- Examples of Institutional metadata stores
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.
- Deakin University Library's pages on Managing your Research Data
- Cambridge University pages on Research Data Management
- University of Leicester Data management support for researchers pages
Readings, examples and resources
- Queensland University of Technology provides a Data Management Guide together with local information about storage and archiving.
- Griffith University's Information Managmement Framework page provides a downloadable version of their Best practice guidelines for researchers: Managing research data and primary materials.
- The University of New South Wales provides a Procedure for Handling Research Material & Data which in turn links to their Research Code of Conduct.
- The University of Newcastle provides a Research Data and Materials Management Guideline. Underpinning this Guideline is the University's Responsible Conduct of Research Policy.
- University of Queensland's Library blog has put together a very good summary of JISC's Managing Research Data program report (PDF, 1.6 MB)
- University of South Australia has all their Research Storage at a Glance.
- The National Statistical Service has produced material on DATAfitness, which includes information on good data management practice, including understanding and managing metadata, sharing data, and understanding the quality of data.
- 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.
- Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving (4th edition, 2009) from the International Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a comprehensive guide to best practice in the management of data in the social sciences.
- The Environmental Sciences Division of the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides the discipline-focused Best Practices for Preparing Environmental Data Sets to Share and Archive.
- Department of Mechanical Engineering data management plan requirement specifications from the University of Bath (UK) Economic and Social Data Service.