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Research Data Management (RDM): RDM Essentials

Data management essentials for Melbourne Polytechnic researchers

What is Research Data?

Research data is any form of material that has been recorded for the purpose of validating research findings.   Generally, researchers obtain their research data by collecting, observing, generating, or creating it. 
Source:  University of Leeds - RDM

Research data: forms and formats

Research data can be digital or non-digital, and is collected by employing methods specifically chosen to gather the required data.  Research methods may take the form of experiments, observations, opinion surveys, laboratory tests (and a large array of other types of research method). 

Research data can also be presented and communicated in various formats: charts, graphs, video & audio files, print, statistics, cartographic, pictorial, and numerous other types.

Image sources used in the "What is research data?" section (at the top of this column)

Data icon:  created by monkik, available in Flaticon
Monitoring icon:  created by ultimatearm, available in Flaticon

Design Icon:  created by monkik, available in Flaticon    
Analysis icon:  created by Freepik, available in Flaticon  
Experiments icon:  created by Freepik, available in Flaticon   
Researcher icon:  created by Freepik, available in Flaticon    

Research Data Management: explained

Research Data Management (or RDM) is a set of processes, put into place at the beginning of a research project, and implemented throughout the various stages of the project.

Its purpose is to ensure that the data derived from the research is properly organised, safeguarded, documented, and retrievable throughout the lifecycle of the project, and beyond.

Readiness for RDM ... questions to consider

From the start, it's essential to consider how research data will be managed throughout your project.   

Broad considerations include:
*  The research funder's requirements
*  How you plan to describe the data
*  The file formats that you intend to use
*  Where and how you will store the data
*  Methods for securing the data
*  Preservation strategies for your data
*  Methods for sharing your data
*  Identifying ethical and legal concerns

Source:  Simmons University Library 2021

Notable Publication

Jointly developed by
the NHMRC, ARC, and Universities Australia


An important publication, outlining the principles of research, and the responsibilities of researchers, within the Australian context

Notable Publication

Jointly developed by the NHMRC, ARC, and Universities Australia

This guide supports the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and includes a section specifically on researcher responsibilities.