The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research advises that researchers are responsible for the management and integrity of the research data they generate and/or collect, in accordance with institutional policy. Researchers are responsible for maintaining records of research data and primary materials, and ensuring that these records and the related research data and materials are securely stored, and issues of retention, ownership, security, confidentiality and re-use are addressed. Where possible, researchers should make their research data available to other researchers via open or negotiated access, as appropriate and in accordance with the requirements of research funding bodies.

Planning for the management of research data early in a research project can improve research efficiency, guard against data loss, enhance data security and ensure research data integrity and replication.

For a light-hearted read on the management of scientific data, please see Ten Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data.

Data management planning

These resources can assist in planning and implementing research data management:

Data storage

QUT's Research Data Storage service provides all QUT researchers (staff and Higher Degree Research students) with a secure data repository throughout the entire research data lifecycle. Raw research data can be acquired, project data can be worked on, published data can be archived. This storage can be requested by submitting a request for Research data support. You can find the request form in the Research category (located in the left-navigation menu of the request website). An analyst will call you to discuss your needs at a later date.

A number of other options exist to help QUT researchers store research data. You can view the list of storage options in the QUT Digital Research Data Storage Options (PDF, 138KB) table.

Repositories for datasets accompanying manuscripts, where you can make the data underlying scholarly publications discoverable, accessible, understandable, freely reusable, and citable for all. These are suitable for uploading datasets that accompany manuscripts published in journals such as those in the PLOS suite, which have data policies.

Open data

At the conclusion of a research project, it is recommended that all data and accompanying documentation (e.g. data management plans) be registered in a data registry, such as QUT's Research Data Finder, Spatial Data Finder and Software Finder. Records from these registries are harvested and then visible in Research Data Australia, the Australian National Data Services (ANDS) national data discovery portal.

Research Data Finder

Research Data Finder is a collection or registry of openly available research datasets produced by QUT researchers and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students.

Software Finder

Software Finder is a searchable registry of code and software which have been created as a result of QUT research activities.

Spatial Data Finder

Spatial Data Finder is your key to locating spatially integrated datasets across different areas of research. It is a registry or collection that allows the discovery of datasets that are spatial in nature.

External Research Dataset Service

The library's External Research Dataset Service facilitates access to confidential and secure datasets for QUT staff and eligible research students, including PhD, Masters by Research, and Honours students. These datasets are accessible at no cost to researchers.

Many freely available research datasets exist that may also be of interest.

To access these datasets or request additional datasets, please contact the QUT Research Data Librarian.