ANDS helps researchers to organise and manage their research data, promote and share it with other researchers, and locate other research data in Research Data Australia. We primarily engage at the institutional level, however, we can also assist individual researchers through our Identify My Data online service and ANDS' Guides about issues in data management and sharing.
If you have research data that you would like to share, please contact us. We can put you in touch with other people at your institution, or discuss potential approaches, depending on the scale and type of data. ANDS for researchers: More>>
Improving the management of Australian research data is a core ANDS priority. This Research Data Management Practice Guide, prepared by Mercury Project Solutions, outlines the roles and responsibilities of hosting institutions and individual researchers in respect of data management.
The table below sets out fundamental elements that institutions will need to consider in formulating their data management framework and strategies.
Institutional policy & procedures
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Further Readings, Examples and Resources
- The Queensland University of Technology provides a Data Management Guide together with local information about storage and archiving.
- Griffith University's Information Managmement Frameworkpage provides a downloadable version of their Best practice guidelines for researchers: Managing research data and primary materials. Griffith also has a comprehensive institutional Research Data Management Roadmap which is downloadable from this page.
- The University of New South Wales provides a Procedure for Handling Research Material & Data which in turn links to their Research Code of Conduct.
- The University of Newcastle provides a Research Data and Materials Management Procedure. Underpinning this Procedure are the University's Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Research Data and Materials Management Policy.
- University of Queensland's Library blog has put together a very good summary of JISC's Managing Research Data program report [PDF 1.7MB].
- The Digital Curation Centre in the UK provides an extensive digital library of resources covering all aspects of data management, curation and preservation. They are aimed at audiences from the novice to the expert.
- The University of Edinburgh's Information Services web site has a set of web pages written as guidance for university researchers on research data management, sharing and preservation
- NZ Government principles for managing data. 'On 8 August 2011, government approved new principles for managing the data and information it holds. They have been developed to ensure high quality management of the information the government holds on the behalf of the public.'
- The National Statistical Service has produced material on DATAfitness, which includes information on good data management practice, including understanding and managing metadata, sharing data, and understanding the quality of data.
- The UK Data Archive provides advice on data management and sharing. ‘This suite of web pages aims to provide data creators, data managers and data curators with best practice strategies and methods for creating, preparing and storing shareable datasets.' They also have a stand-alone publication Managing and Sharing Data available for download.
- Review of Data Management Lifecycle Models Research Report by Alex Ball, 2012 - University of Bath
Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving, (4th ed, 2009) from the International Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a comprehensive guide to best practice in the management of data in the social sciences.
The Environmental Sciences Division of the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides the discipline-focused Best Practices for Preparing Environmental Data Sets to Share and Archive.
- Department of Mechanical Engineering data management plan requirement specifications from the University of Bath
- UK Economic and Social Data Service
Series of articles on data management:
- Data sharing in a time of data-intensive research
- Tattoo your data
- Publishing your data: the ethics question
- Publishing your data: the licensing issue
- ANDS Guide to Data management planning - ANDS Guide (recommended introduction)
- Metadata (Awareness level) - ANDS Guide
- The Data Curation Continuum - ANDS Guide
- What is Research Data? - ANDS Guide
- Metadata Storage Solutions
- Research Data Policy and the Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research - ANDS Guide
- full list of ANDS Guides
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