Data Management for Postgraduate students by Lynn Woolfrey
1. RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT FOR
Ulwazi Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
University of Cape Town, 13 August 2015
Data for Re-
Data for re-
“In the context of research …"Data Management"
refers to the storage, access and preservation of
data produced from a given investigation.”
5. From 2011 many research funders began
requiring research data management plans
in funding proposals.
6. In SA the National Research Foundation
now requires Data Management for Sharing
“[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).”
7. In line with Universities worldwide, UCT is creating
policy that will require long-term preservation of
UCT research output including data
9. Actually, where
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
11. RDM Supports Better Research -
Keeping accurate records of the research
Process is sound research practice
12. RDM can prevent academic fraud
Professor Diederick Stapel, at Tilburg University - Published 55 academic papers -
Supervised 19 Ph.D. degrees based on his data - Faked all his data
“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
Study Shows Meat
Eaters are more
13. RDM enables data re-use
Research funders want to maximise returns on their
investment in research by encouraging data re-use
17. HOW TO WRITE A RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN
Research Data Management
18. 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
19. 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; samples).
20. What format will your data be in?
Results of a UCT survey on research data management needs, April 2013
24. Standards for file naming,
25. 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
• How will you deal with confidential data during the project?
• How will data authenticity be assured?
26. Web-tools for Data Management Planning
27. 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 Open Data
Texas A&M, Research Data Management Lib Guide http://guides.library.tamu.edu/DataManagement
Graphic adapted from Jake Carlson and Ron Nakao. ICPSR Summer Program Course on “Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0149