Research Data Management for Postgraduates
Ulwazi Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
University of Cape Town, 27 March, 2014
Research Data Management
Data for re-use
“In the context of research …"Data Management" refers to the
storage, access and preservation of data produced from a given
Texas A&M, Research Data Management Lib Guide http://guides.library.tamu.edu/DataManagement
Graphic from Jake Carlson and Ron Nakao. ICPSR Summer Program Course on “Curating Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use
IS my data?
What do they
mean by RDM?
Who are they to tell
me what to do with
The university is just
dreaming up more
admin for me!
To ensure research data is preserved and
discoverable in the long-term
To control the
To ensure data
Why should our research data be
RDM supports better research
Keeping accurate records of the research process is
sound research practice
RDM can prevent academic fraud
Findings of Professor Diederick Stapel, at
Tilburg University (including that meat
eaters are more aggressive) were found to
be based on faked data.
He published 55 academic papers and
Supervised 19 Ph.D. degrees based on the
“Stapel’s fraud went undetected for so long
because of “a general culture of careless,
selective and uncritical handling of
research and data” at the University
Data Shows Meat Eaters
are more Aggressive
RDM enables data re-use
Research funders want to maximise returns on their
investment in research by encouraging data re-use
HOW TO WRITE A RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN
Research Data Management
Data Management Planning elements
• Data Type
• Data Format (including size of data files)
• Data description (metadata) standards used
• Storage and backup
• Ownership and Intellectual Property rights
• Data sharing
What type of data will you collect?
Research Data is ….primary input into research and
first order results of that research
• “…Records documenting the research process (e.g. research protocols; applications
for regulatory approvals and approvals granted)
• Records documenting research outcomes or products (e.g. technical reports)
• Records documenting the management of the research process/project(s)(e.g.
applications for funding; contracts; purchase invoices; staff timesheets)
• Research data in both ‘raw’ and ‘analysed’ form (e.g. datasets in Stata; notes;
completed questionnaires; audio/video recordings; images; instrument readings;
What format will your data be in?
Results of a UCT survey on research data management needs, April 2013.
How will your data be stored?
• How will data be stored and backed up during the project?
• How will data be selected for longer-term preservation?
• How much space will you need for your data?
• In which repository will the data be held?
• How long will the data be retained?
• How will data security be handled during the project for access by
collaborators and data transfer from the field to storage?
• How will you deal with confidential data during the project?
• How will data authenticity be assured?
How will your data be shared?
“*If Intellectual Property rights don’t apply+ the data generated
from this research must become available to other researchers
working in the same field (National Research Foundation:
Acceptance of grant conditions 2010).”
Plan for data sharing now
Your research reputation will in future be linked to making
your well-organised research data available to the academic
community once you complete your research. This will be
done through the coupling of data sharing to academic
recognition, and through increased citations from Linked
Web-tools for Data Management