Research data management

How to plan, collect, store, share, and promote data used in a research project.

Research data management is about the planning, collecting, storage, sharing and promotion of research data.

Research data is the information, records and files that are collected or used during the research process. Examples include notebooks, recordings, survey forms, specimens and other samples, photographs or computer code required to reconstruct meaningful information.

Publish and promote your research data using Figshare. With Figshare, you can:

  • publish, share and promote your research;
  • mint DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) for citation purposes
  • use the built-in metrics to gauge research impact, and
  • discover, reuse, and cite research data from colleagues at RMIT and beyond.

Figshare will automatically publish records to Research Data Australia.

Using Figshare - video demonstration

Watch this short video demonstration on how to use Figshare (5:54 mins). 

This video is only available to RMIT students and staff, login required.

Research data management

  • Research data landscape and principles: How research data is stored and utilized across different disciplines, how data has become a crucial part of the publishing landscape in the past ten years, and how that affects contemporary researchers.
  • Research data management planning: How a strong research data management plan can help researchers safely store their data, remain aware of the ethics and uses of data, and how this aids future publication and re-use.
  • Issues and resources for storage of data: Focuses on the necessity for storage plans and other issues of data handling during a research project, and the challenges and principles that are useful to observe regarding your data.
  • Publishing, sharing and re-use of data: How to share, promote and track your research data outputs, including a demonstration of Figshare, the University's specialist research data repository, which allows users to publish their own research data and other non-traditional research outputs, and track metrics.
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