Managing research data
Adapted from Best practice guidelines for researchers: Managing research data and primary materials by Griffith University which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
These best practice guidelines are aimed at researchers (including Higher Degree by Research students). The guidelines:
- Outline practical steps that researchers can take, and
- Highlight enabling technology, advisory and support services
The guidelines are recommendations rather than mandatory standards.
A co-ordinated approach to improved data management benefits not only for the university but for the broader community.
Researchers benefit by:
- Saving time if data is better organised and easier to find
- Reducing the risk that data could be stolen, lost or mis-used
- Gaining easier access to raw and processed data needed for their research, and
- Increasing their research profiles and potentially finding new audiences and collaborators through dissemination, citation and re-use of data.
The University benefits from:
- Identifying, capturing and re-using more research outputs
- Increasing compliance with government and funding agency requirements, and
- Improving readiness for audits and changes in funding agency strategy towards open access.
The broader community benefits from:
- Increased access to research outputs, potentially increasing the informal impact amongst other stakeholder communities. Industry, government agencies, schools and not-for-profit organisations could potentially re-use SCU data to support a range of activities with positive economic, social and cultural outcomes.