Research Data Management

Introduction to Research Data Management

The University of South Wales acknowledges and endorses the Research Council UK’s Common Principles on Data Policy statement that publicly funded research data are a public good, produced in the public interest, which should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible in a timely and responsible manner that does not harm intellectual property. For this purpose, the term “research data” is information that has been gathered through the pursuit of research activity. Such information may be in a variety of forms including quantitative data, interview recordings or transcripts, video or audio recordings. 

Manage Your Research Data

Management of data is an essential part of good research practice. Most research funders and many academic publishers now have mandates requiring research data to be properly managed and, where possible, shared. The information in these pages will help you plan, organise, access, and preserve & share your electronic research data, in whatever form they take.

Research Data Management is of strategic importance to the University of South Wales. To this end the university provides an effective, safe and sustainable working environment and has developed appropriate policies and approaches based on current USW research lifecycle processes and expected best practice.

The University of South Wales Research Data Management Policy [PDF]

Research Data Management means the storage, curation, preservation and provision of continuing access to digital research data. Research data takes many forms, ranging from measurements, numbers and images to documents and publications.

The University of South Wales is working with the Digital Curation Centre

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK’s higher education research community.

The Digital Curation Centre provides expert advice and practical help to anyone in UK higher education and research wanting to store, manage, protect and share digital research data.

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) Curation Lifecycle Model

RDM Lifecycle (Trans)The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) Curation Lifecycle Model provides a graphical, high-level overview of the stages required for successful curation and preservation of data from initial conceptualisation through the iterative curation cycle. The model can be used to plan activities within a specific research project, organisation, or consortium to ensure all necessary stages are undertaken, each in the correct sequence.

These guidance pages have been adapted from material provided by the University of West of England, University of Cambridge, University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, the Digital Curation Centre and the UK Data Archive. Thanks are offered to these organisations accordingly.

These materials are re-usable under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 UK