Research Data Management involves processes and tools that researchers use to create and save the data they generate over the course of their research. Data may be in various forms including text, transcripts, recordings and numeric data. There are a number of tools that can be used to help organize, format, document, store, protect and preserve your data that will help to save time, increase efficiency, meet grant requirements, improve accessibility and secure your research data. For more information explore the content below and read the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management
Use metadata to help search for and access your data. Click here for some examples of metadata standards.
Common Metadata Elements
Portage "is a national, library-based research data management network" that provides guidance on how to manage research data. Create an account to access the Data Management Plan (DMP) Assistant, an effective tool to help create a data management plan that meets the requirements of the Tri-Agency Funders. Although ECUAD is not one of the partnering institutions, individuals can still sign up and access the DMP Assistant.
Find information on data management for all stages of the research process. Learn to organize; format; document and describe; store and back up; preserve; and protect your research data. Learn how to make your data publicly available. Learn to publish, license and cite your research data. Learn how to find data to help with your research.
It is important to set up conventions and be consistent with how you organize your data files. This will help you and other researchers access your data in the future.
Here are some recommended conventions:
Storing your data
Securing your data