As noted in the video the title 'data management' is often
unhelpful but the process of managing your research project
efficiently is considered vital to the success of a project.
In this short tutorial we will
show you how to construct a plan to manage your research data,
specifically tailored to your own research project. This
is a document that you can take away with you and implement
immediately as part of a well-organised, efficient and
hopefully exciting research project.
The tutorial is ideal for
students just starting out on postgraduate study or for early
career researchers who are now looking to re-purpose their
original research for new studies.
Each module takes a different aspect of data management as its
core focus and approximately correspond to where in the
research process you will need to consider these issues
seriously. These are:
The primary output from completing this tutorial will be a
completed Data Management Plan which you can
use throughout your research and as a means of documentation.
We will also show you how you might wish to set up a folder
structure and provide proper documentation to files. We
will explain the purpose of good management and
The tutorial is set up in a linier fashion allowing you to run
through data management issues from beginning to end of a
project, however not everyone will want to do this, or need to
cover every aspect. Therefore the tutorial also allows
for a more fluid entrance. An interactive version of the
data management plan provides an alternative approach allowing
you to dip in to the information most useful and interesting to
you. This can be found from the left hand menu.