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Research data management

Understand what RDM is, why it's important to your research process, and how RRU Library can support you.


Preservation is about making sure active measures are in place for long-term access to your data.  A sustainable preservation program should account for organizational issues and technological concerns.

What to do:

  • As the project wraps up, package up your data and metadata and store it together in a suitable repository for long-term access.  Royal Roads is has access to a tool called Dataverse. For more information contact contact RRU Library.

Why do it:

  • Because data can be lost due to hardware failure, human error, hacking or virus infection.
  • Because using a central repository makes your data easier to find
  • Because you can track the number of downloads (secondary uses) which counts like citations.

How to do it:

  • Identify data with long-term value
  • Abide by your obligations to funding bodies, institutional policies and the law
  • Determine what iterations of the data files should be preserved
  • Ensure your documentation and metadata is complete

Things to consider:

  • What data should be retained and preserved?
  • Where will you preserve your data?
  • How long are you going to preserve your research data?

RDM step by step

Think of Research Data Management as the organization and maintenance of your research data through the life of a research project. Explore the links below to get a more detailed introduction.