Research Data Management

Data Management for researchers at CQUniversity.

Research data - what is it?

Research data means facts, observations or experiences on which an argument, theory or test is based. Data may be numerical, descriptive, visual, raw, analysed, experimental, or observational.

Some examples of research data include:

  • laboratory notebooks
  • field notebooks
  • primary research data (including research data in hardcopy or in computer readable form)
  • questionnaires
  • audiotapes
  • videotapes
  • models
  • photographs
  • films
  • test responses

Want to know more? Take a look at the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) page: What is research data?

Documentation of data management, including ownership, ethics, retention and disposal design is required under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 and is a requirement for ARC and NHMRC funding.

Supplementary material to the Code: Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018.

Research Data Management Lifecycle

Research Data Management is essential at all stages within the Research Data LifeCyle. A Data Management Plan will assist you to identify how you are going to capture; format; organise; store;  share; reuse; and examine long-term preservation options throughout the various stages of a research project. The Digital Curation Centre's DCC Curation Lifecycle Model is one example.

 

Managing Research Data

This short documentary DDC: Managing research data produced by Piers Video Production, offers a unique insight into the importance of providing access to research data and the risks of not managing data effectively.

CQUniversity Ethics

CQUniversity Ethics Committees

CQUniversity Code of Conduct for Research

Ethical treatment of data applies to:

  • Collecting data
  • Creating data
  • Storing data
  • Whether data will be shared and associated access provisions

Professional bodies, institution or funding organisation, follow the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research in order to maintain confidentiality of research data and primary materials by protecting the data from unauthorised access and use. Supplementary material to the Code: Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018.

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