Research requires the collection of thousands of pieces of data, produced in multiple forms, and collected and stored over years. That collection needs to be secure and accessible at every stage of the research process. It is never too late or too early to address most aspects of research data management. However, it is best to plan for data management before starting your project to avoid problems later. Data at UQ has valuable guidance on your responsibilities and data.

Before you start gives an overview of what you need to consider for managing your research data, even before starting your project. 

  • During research has the next steps for storing, securing and analysing your research data during the project
  • Ongoing looks at sharing and re-using your research data once your project is completed

3. Data management plan

A data management plan (DMP) is a tool for maximising the efficiency and quality of your research and its data.

It is a document that can be used to:

  • reduce the risk of data loss
  • avoid ethics or privacy breaches
  • ensure compliance with legislation, policies, grant requirements, and discipline best practice.

The following tools will support you in preparing a DMP:

A DMP is not just for grant applications. It is a tool to better manage your own research data. Consider creating a plan at the beginning of your research project for the best results and use it in conjunction with the UQ Research Data Manager.