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Welcome to the UJ Research Data Management Guide

Research data management (RDM) concerns the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results. It aims to ensure reliable verification of results, and permits new and innovative research built on existing information. RDM is also part of the research process and is intended to make the research process as efficient as possible. This LibGuide provides guidance on research data management planning, creating data management plans (DMPs) and other resources.

Why Research Data Management?

  • Meet funders’ requirements
  • Meet publishers’ requirements
  • Enhance collaboration
  • Re-use of datasets
  • Discoverability of raw data
  • New research opportunities
  • Reduce unintentional replication of past research
  • Citation of data
  • Curation and preservation

Research Data Lifecycle

About UJ RDM in a nutshell

What is Research Data?

It is universally acknowledged that researchers are interested in data of all kinds, regardless of origin or type.

Here are some of the recognised definitions of research data:

"Research data, unlike other types of information, is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results." Edinburgh University Data Library Research Data Management Handbook  

“Research data means data in the form of facts, observations, images, computer program results, recordings, measurements or experiences on which an argument, theory, test or hypothesis, or another research output is based. Data may be numerical, descriptive, visual or tactile. It may be raw, cleaned or processed, and may be held in any format or media”. The Queensland University of Technology Management of Research Data Policy

“The recorded information (regardless of the form or the media in which they may exist) necessary to support or validate a research project’s observations, findings or outputs”. The University of Oxford Policy on Management of Research Data and Records