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Research data management

What is research data management?

Research data management is the process of thinking about what will happen to your data throughout the entire research lifecycle (creation, processing, analysis, storage, re-use).

The benefits of research data management are wide-ranging and include:

  • Meeting funder requirements on open research
  • Increased citations and greater impact of your research
  • Ensuring that your research evidence is properly backed up and protected against file loss/corruption.

What is meant by 'data'?

The term ‘data’ refers to any evidence that underpins your research question and validates your findings.

Data can take the form of various media, including spreadsheets, audio-visual recordings, lab notebooks, sketchbooks, digital images, interview transcripts, objects, manuscripts or survey results. 

Research data management at Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University has an institutional data repository, data-space, which allows researchers to securely store their end-of-project data.

The service is provided by EPrints and backed up by Arkivum, who offer a 100% guarantee that files will not be lost or corrupted.

To deposit data into data-space email data-space@mmu.ac.uk.

Guide to storage solutions