Research data management

Research Data Management (RDM) is an ever-growing requirement from research funders and publishers committed to making research, and the data that underpins it, open and accessible. It is also integral to good research practice.  

What is Research Data Management?

There are many different facets to RDM. It involves the effective planning, collection, organisation, storage, preservation and, where possible, the sharing of data both during and beyond the lifespan of a research project.  

Funder policies

The Research Council Common Principles on Data Policy states that research data should be “made openly available with as few restrictions as possible in a timely and responsible manner.” The data policies of each individual research council are broadly aligned with these common principles and should be interpreted within the framework offered by the RCUK, now UKRI, in their Guidance on best practice in the management of research data. Typically, the policies outline the funder’s expectations with regards: data management planning; data sharing and access; time limits for deposit and retention; how funding can be used to offset RDM costs and compliance monitoring.

For concise summaries of the policies and links to detailed policy documentation of the major funders in the UK and EU, please visit the DCC website. The SHERPA / JULIET database also provides current and comprehensive information about the data archiving and data sharing requirements of all research funders.