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Research Data Management

What is research data management?

"Research data management concerns the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results. It aims to ensure reliable verification of results, and permits new and innovative research built on existing information."

(Making the Case for Research Data Management (pdf))

Why manage research data?

This podcast explains the value of managing your research data.

Hello I'm Isabel and in this podcast, brought to you by Library Services, I'm going to talk to you about research data management. Research data management, or RDM, is about how you organise your data throughout your project and beyond.

You might have a funder requirement to manage and share your data, but there are other benefits to good RDM.

By sharing your research data, the evidence that underpins your research can be made open for anyone to scrutinise, verify and re-use.

Data collection will only be funded once and used many times for a variety of purposes, thereby saving money and time.

A proactive approach to data management reduces the risk of inappropriate disclosure of sensitive data. And lots of data is unique and it can only be captured once. If lost, it can't be recaptured so a preservation strategy is needed.

Thanks for watching, for more information email the Library Services Research Support team at

Library Services research support team can help you with all aspects of research data management throughout the research lifecycle.

  • We provide training for doctoral students and research staff within established University training programmes
  • We provide bespoke training sessions for individual researchers or research teams
  • We review data management plans as part of the bidding process
  • We provide an enquiries service about all aspects of research data management
  • We administer the OU's institutional data repository, Open Research Data Online (ORDO)

To use any of these services, please contact the Library Research Support team.

Where should I start?

The Library Research Support team's checklists for new projects provide guidance on how to comply with funders' policies for Research Data Management and Open Access publishing both while bidding for funding and once funding has been awarded.

Open University Research Data Management Policy

The Open University's Research Data Management policy (pdf) explains both researcher and University responsibilities with regard to the management of research data.

Contact the Library Research Support team