Research Data Management

Data Management for researchers at CQUniversity.

What is a data management plan (DMP)?

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) guide to Data management plans provides researchers with an introduction to preparing data management plans.

It specifies that a data management plan is a living document that describes:

  • What data will be created?
  • What policies will apply to the data?
  • Who will own and have access to the data?
  • What data management practices will be used?
  • What facilities and equipment will be required?
  • Who will be responsible for each of these activities?

Why do I need a data management plan?

CQUniversity requires a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) for every research project.

Your research project may result in many megabytes of data. By creating a robust Data Management Plan (DMP) at the beginning of the project you will:

  • save time and frustration in locating past or current data and accompanying metadata
  • avoid the potential loss of data or the violation of privacy
  • improve efficiency, protection, quality and exposure of your data

The RDMP is a living document that may be added to during the course of the project and should be reviewed/updated yearly.

If you are applying for an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant, you will need to submit an overview of your DMP. ANDS has prepared an ARC applications - filling in the data management section guide to assist Researchers with this.

How do I create a data management plan?

CQUniversity has a Research Data Management Plan template on SharePoint. You will need to log in with your CQUniversity staff account to access this site.

There are prompts to explain how to create a new data management plan.

Some information is required for identifying your project:

  • Project title
  • Project lead
  • Start Date
  • School / Research Centre or Institute
  • Project Description
  • Funding information

Some information is for managing your research data:

  • Data formats / storage locations / software requirements
  • Data storage and access requirements
  • Data retention, reuse and disposal
  • Ethics / confidentiality / privacy / copyright information

At the bottom of the RDMP there are 2 Save options.

  • Save – allows you to save what you've added without submitting the form. This means that you don't have to complete the RDMP in one session. You can work on the different sections and save your work as you go.
  • Save and Submit – is for when your initial RDMP is completed. After submission, you can be allocated data storage.

Your RDMP is created under your CQUniversity staff log in. Only you will be able to view it unless you grant your supervisor access to it.

You will need to update this RDMP periodically during your research. You can edit your plan by logging into the RDMP site and locating your file.

Research data management: Talk data to me (ANU Library)

Clear, succinct video created by the Australian National University Library providing details of managing research data and the research data lifecycle.