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
- Data storage
- Open data
- Research Data Finder
- Software Finder
- Spatial Data Finder
- External Research Dataset Service
These resources can assist in planning and implementing research data management:
- QUT MOPP D/2.8 Management of Research Data - This policy applies to the management of research data created by all QUT researchers, including academic staff, professional staff and postgraduate students engaged in research activities associated or affiliated with QUT.
- Guidelines for the Management of Research Data at QUT (PDF, 325KB) - These guidelines provide information on best practice in research data management.
- QUT Data Management Planning Tool is a tool to help QUT researchers develop comprehensive data management plans - live documents that outline how researchers plan to handle their data during and after their research.
- The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research - All research data, including primary materials, are considered University records and must be stored, disposed of or transferred in accordance with this Code, as well as the University Sector Retention and Disposal Schedule.
- Australian Research Council (ARC) grant applications - From 2014, researchers applying for ARC Discovery grants are required to include a 'Management of Data' statement. Visit the QUT Office of Research's National Competitive Grants web page for example statements. The ARC considers data management planning an important part of the responsible conduct of research and strongly encourages the depositing of data arising from an ARC project in an appropriate publicly accessible subject and/or institutional repository, such as QUT Research Data Finder.
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.
- Discipline-specific data repositories can be found in Databib and Registry of Research Data Repositories, Nature data journal Scientific Data's and:
- For source code repositories, visit the Github, Git, Mercurial, BitBucket, Google Code, or SourceForge websites.
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 is a collection or registry of openly available research datasets produced by QUT researchers and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students.
Software Finder is a searchable registry of code and software which have been created as a result of QUT research activities.
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.
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.
Need more information?
- The Managing Research Data subject guide provides resources associated with the various stages of the research data lifecycle.
- To access confidential and secure datasets for research purposes, please contact the QUT Research Data Librarian.
- Access resources and materials from our workshops and seminars at the Library Research Support Resources Wiki.