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UofA Data management plan template

If you have questions, discuss with your supervisor or colleagues, check the other pages in this guide or view the slides from the University Libraries/CaRST session, Introduction to Managing your Research Data.

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Why manage research data?

Managing your research data effectively makes your job easier.

The appropriate management of research data means that you and others can easily find and access data when and where you need it.

This guide will help you to determine your research data management needs and create a data management plan that documents your strategies. It includes guidelines on managing your data, from storage and access to metadata. It also includes information about keeping a record of your data, and sharing data so that it is appropriately managed even when your project is complete.

Policies and Codes

The University's Research Data and Primary Materials Policy is effective 1 January 2016.

The policy mirrors the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

The main points are

  • All research data and primary materials now need to be stored in a University-approved, accessible, secure and identified location
  • The final data relating to a scholarly output must be deposited in an appropriate data-store, with the data location recorded in the University metadata store (currently DataConnect)
  • Final data must be made freely available under Creative Commons licence CC-BY, unless there is a reason not to do this, eg patient confidentiality
  • Data Management Plans are required for all externally and internally funded research
  • Data Management Plans for external research will be stored in an online portal (not yet available)
  • all Higher Degree by Research students will submit Data Management Plans to their supervisors

Higher Degree by Research students are required to submit a Research Data Management Plan at 6 months, and on final thesis submission, to their supervisors.

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Key contacts

For research support services at the University of Adelaide, visit the following websites.