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Research Data Management

This guide will assist researchers in planning for the various stages of managing their research data, implementing best practices for managing research data, and in preparing data management plans required with funding proposals.

what is research data?

What is Research Data?

Research data is defined as information collected, observed, or created during the research process. Data can occur in a variety of formats that include, but are not limited to:

  • Notebooks
  • Survey responses and forms
  • Software and code
  • Measurements from lab or fieldwork
  • Specimens and physical samples
  • Audio or video recordings

What is NOT Research Data?

The federal government specifically outlines what research data is not for the sake of sharing and archival purposes in relation to recipients of federal funding. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • References
  • Literature reviews
  • Drafts of scientific papers
  • Trade secrets
  • Physical objects
  • Preliminary analysis

The federal government also defers data sharing compliance for data including "personal and medical information and similar information the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, such as information that could be used to identify a particular person in a research study."

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