Researchers are required to manage their research data and primary materials throughout the research lifecycle by addressing issues of retention, storage and recordkeeping, ownership, security, confidentiality and re-use.
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
- External Research Dataset Service
The following resources are available to 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 - These guidelines provide information on best practice in research data management.
- QUT Data Management Checklist - The Data Management Checklist provides guidance on the effective storage and backup of research data and addresses intellectual property and copyright issues.
- 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 QUT facilitated and discipline-specific services or repositories exist to store research data. You can view an extended list of storage options under Data storage and sharing on the Research tools web page.
- eStore is a data storage service for all QUT students and staff, and can be accessed from on campus or off campus.
- QUT Media Warehouse is a rich media repository that houses re-usable multimedia.
- High Performance Computing & Research Support (HPC) provides QUT staff and Higher Degree Research students with specialised advanced computing facilities, storage and support. Request an HPC account.
- QCRIS Cloud 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.
- For discipline-specific data repositories, visit the Databib, Registry of Research Data Repositories and Dryad websites, as well as other data repositories as listed by discipline on the Nature data journal Scientific Data's website:
- 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 and Software Finder. Records from these registries are visible in Research Data Australia, the Australian National Data Services (ANDS) national data discovery portal.
QUT Research Data Finder is a collection or registry of openly available research datasets produced by QUT researchers and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students.
QUT Software Finder is a searchable registry of code and software which have been created as a result of QUT research activities.
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 Data Manager.
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 Data Manager.
- Access resources and materials from our workshops and seminars at the Library Research Support Resources Wiki.