Research Data Management (RDM)

Since almost all research conducted by the University is publicly funded, we have a responsibility to publish the data underpinning our work for the purposes of reuse and verification, and to maximise its impact and benefit to society.

This principle is now enshrined in the policy of all the UK’s major funding bodies and is expressed by the Concordat on Open Research Data. Being an effective researcher also means knowing how to look after your data at all stages of your research project and beyond. The information in these pages will help you throughout your project, from inception and planning and collecting your data to publication and preservation, helping you to manage your data with ease, efficiency and reliability for the future.

The information provided here was first gathered as a part of the Service Oriented Toolkit for Research Data Management project, which was jointly funded by the JISC Managing Research Data programme and the University of Hertfordshire. It is now maintained by the University’s Research and Scholarly Communications team. Please send all enquires to



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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