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, 209KB) - 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.
A number of options exist to help QUT researchers store research data. You can view an extended list of storage options under Data storage and sharing on Research tools.
- QUT’s Research Data Storage service provides all QUT researchers (staff and Higher Degree Research students) with a secure data repository. To request Research Data Storage submit an IT request online and an analyst will call you to further discuss your needs.
- Networked Storage: eStore is a data storage service for all QUT students and staff, and can be accessed from on campus or off campus.
- U Drive is restricted to your peers and colleagues within your organisational unit. It is recommended for storing corporate data.
- Personal Storage:
- H Drive provides 10GB of personal storage space to QUT Higher Degree Research students and staff.
- HPC Data Storage resources:
- Cloud Storage:
- QRIScloud: is a cloud computing and data storage service hosted by the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF). To apply for QRIScloud storage for your research data collection, contact Lance Wilson (Senior Research Support Specialist, HPC) at firstname.lastname@example.org. A beginner's guide to QRIScloud can be accessed here.
- CloudStor+ is an AARNet web service that allows you to store and share files in the cloud. It gives individual researchers at AARNet-connected institutions (e.g. QUT) up to 100GB of storage free of charge. Researchers across the sciences and humanities use CloudStor+ to share large volumes of data with project collaborators.
- QUT Wiki is a tool that lets you create and share pages, document and rich content with groups of people. QUT Wiki encourages collaboration between staff, as well as with external users.
- QUT Media Warehouse is a rich media repository that houses re-usable multimedia.
- Quadrant is an online collaborative project management tool for participant based research. It is ideal for managing a research project where participant data (including interviews, audio recordings, images) need to be stored and managed.
- 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, including guidelines on how to manage research data and the QUT Data Management Checklist.
- 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.