What is research data management?
In keeping with OU principles of openness, it is expected that research data will be open and accessible to other researchers, as soon as appropriate and verifiable, subject to the application of appropriate safeguards relating to the sensitivity of the data and legal and commercial requirements. Research data must be managed to the highest standards throughout their lifecycle in order to support excellence in research practiceThe Open University Research Data Management Policy (pdf))
This podcast explains the value of managing your research data.
Introduction to RDM podcast transcript.
Hello, I’m Isabel and in this podcast, brought to you by the Library Services Research Support team, I’m going to talk about Research Data Management.
Research Data Management, or RDM, is about how you organise your data throughout your project and beyond. A good way to approach this is to write a Data Management Plan which will describe how your data will be stored, documented, preserved and shared.
The OU has an RDM policy which you can find on the main RDM page of our website.
You might also 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 are unique and can only be captured once. If lost, they can’t be replaced so a preservation strategy is needed.
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Library Services research support team can help you with all aspects of research data management throughout the research lifecycle.
To use any of these services, please contact the Library Research Support team.
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.
The resources and guidance on these pages are aimed at research staff and postgraduate researchers, but undergraduate students working with data will find good guidance in this pack from the UK Data Service Dissertations and their data: promoting research integrity in undergraduate projects.
The Open University's Research Data Management policy (pdf) explains both researcher and University responsibilities with regard to the management of research data.