A-Z of RDM

Research Data Management - RDM - covers the whole lifecycle of a project; you're probably doing it without realising it. But the terminology can be tricky. Here's all the buzz words and links to the advice on this site.

A

Archiving - this is placing your data, documents, and publications in a curated, open access data collection (a.k.a. a repository).

C

Catalogues - these are lists of data, publications, etc. which do not necessarily host the article.

D

Data - this encompasses numerical results, plots, analysis tools, documentation, questionnaires, surveys, interviews (videos, audio, and transcripts), CAD files, photos, ... in short, everything collected, manipulated, and produced during a project.

P

Policies - University of Hertfordshire, research councils, and other funding bodies will have a policy consisting of guidelines, rules, and regulations that must be followed in order to gain financial backing. Failure to meet this requirements could result in funding being withdrawn, refused in the future, or other consequences.

R

RDM - this is short for research data management, which is how data should be collected, shared, stored, and preserved.

Repository - a place where data, documents, publications, etc. are deposited. There are many national and international subject repositories available to researchers for archiving data.

U

UPR - University of Hertfordshire Policies and Regulations. There are UPRs for almost every aspect of research carried out at the University.