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Research Data Management Toolkit

This guide is designed as an introduction to research data and the management of data for the research community at Bond University.

Managing data

HDR data management

Research data management plan template

Data Management Plans

It is good research practice to manage your data. Some research funding agencies are now moving towards making the completion of a data management plan a requirement.

Planning at the start of a new research project will save time and resources. The Bond University  Research Data Management Plan template will help you get started with your research data planning.

What is a data management plan?
A data management plan (DMP) is a living document that describes what data will be created, what policies will apply to the data, who will own and have access to the data, what data management practices will be used, what facilities and equipment will be required, and who will be responsible for each of these activities.  Aspects of a DMP may change over time and subsequent versions will reflect current information to keep all stakeholders up to date.

Researcher responsibilities are outlined in the Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018.

Compliance with the Code is a requirement for ARC and NHMRC funding and is likely to be mandated by other funding bodies, government and research institutions.

What does a data management plan contain? Generally a data management plan should contain details of how you will deal with the following areas in relation to the data you will be gathering:

  • The data to be generated or collected during the research project
  • The ownership, copyright and intellectual property in relation to the data
  • The storage of digital data
  • Confidentiality and privacy requirements in relation to the data
  • Consents required from participants for future use of the data
  • File formats
  • Volume of data
  • Retention period for the data
  • Post-project storage, access and re-use of the data

The Bond University generic data management plan is a good place to start. However, in some areas a data management plan specific to your discipline may better meet your needs.

Benefits of data planning

Effective management of data provides researchers with many benefits, including:

  • time saved through reduced duplication of effort
  • decreased risk of loss, theft or inappropriate use of data
  • good research practice ensures the integrity and quality of data
  • data can be understood and used now and in the future
  • increased researcher profile through data dissemination and re-use.

Managing research data

This Piers Video Production documentary, Digital Curation Centre: Managing Research Data, offers an insight into the importance of providing access to research data and the risks of not managing data effectively.

Are you planning to run a survey?

Qualtrics is the supported survey platform at Bond University.

The university's Qualtrics site licence enables all staff and students to create an account using their Bond email address to produce and distribute online surveys. 

Important Note:  All members of the Bond University community must obtain appropriate ethics approval for research with or about people or their data.  Students must consult their Supervisor, Lecturer or their Research Ethics Manager for advice on the appropriate approvals needed prior to distributing a survey.

Information on using Qualtrics can be found here.

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