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Managing research data

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.

Rationale

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.