Research Data Management (RDM)

A data legacy for future research

Since all research is fundamentally funded by the public, all published data needs to be open for reuse and verification. Being an effective researcher also means knowing how to look after your research data at all stages of your research project and beyond. The information in these pages will help you throughout your project, from planning and collecting your data to publication and archiving, helping you to manage your data with ease, efficiency and reliability for the future.

The information provided on these pages is the result of the Service Oriented Toolkit for Research Data Management project which ran from October 2011 to June 2013 at the University of Hertfordshire. The project was jointly funded by the University of Hertfordshire and the JISC Managing Research Data Programme.



How to write a data management plan (DMP) for your funding application including data collection, manipulation, and complying with ethics guidelines....

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Starting your project


What should be considered when starting a project. Choosing file formats and software, setting metadata and documentation, and coding for people....

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Legal issues


Information on the University data policy, complying with ethics guidelines, intellectual property rights (IPR), copy and database rights, licensing and patents...

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How to keep your data safe while you store and share your data while you work on it. Protect your data with encryption and use the University's services....

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Finishing touches


Where should you publish your research and your data. Your data needs to be preserved; this means archiving in standard formats and anonymising sensitive data....

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Additional guidance is available as online sessions and exercises, University user guides for the RDM tools, case studies, and subject guidance....

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