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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 Research Data Management Policy.
This brief guide presents a general framework for creating an effective data management plan (DMP) to help you plan and organize your research and to meet research funder requirements.
To prepare your DMP, visit the
"This template will assist you in creating a data management plan for arts-based research (ABR). It is intended for researchers and artists who use artistic processes as research methods (i.e., arts-based methods). ABR is used across disciplines and encompasses diverse understandings of the arts, research, and how they intersect. In this template, ABR is an umbrella term for all the ways the arts are adapted to answer research questions, including those described as arts research, artistic research, and research-creation. You can use this template on its own, or in combination with others on the DMP Assistant when using arts-based methods with other methodological approaches." -- abstract
Lévesque, Michel, & Doiron, James. (2021). Data Management Plan Template: Arts-Based Research. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4571671
"This model was developed for researchers in history and in the larger field of humanities. It was designed to take into account the fact that research projects in these disciplines still primarily use analog research data during the active, phases of a project." -- abstract
Lisée, Cynthia, & Kelly, Benoît. (2021). Data Management Plan Template: History and the Humanities. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4684738
Use metadata to help search for and access your data. Click here for some examples of metadata standards.
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:
During the 2020/21 academic year, Emily Carr University hosted the series, "Digital + Creative Knowledge Sharing: Data Management in Creative Research". Event recordings can be found here.
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.
A free online course on digital data management.