Research data are data "used as primary sources to support technical or scientific enquiry, research, scholarship, or artistic activity, and that are used as evidence in the research process and/or are commonly accepted in the research community as necessary to validate research findings and results.”
Research data. (n.d.) In CASRAI Dictionary.
Examples of research data
- Text or Word documents, spreadsheets
- Laboratory notebooks, field notebooks, diaries
- Questionnaires, transcripts, codebooks
- Test responses
- Slides, artifacts, specimens, samples
- Audiotapes, videotapes
- Photographs, films
- Curated thematic digital objects such as scholarly editions, text corpora, and thematic research collections
- Database contents including video, audio, text, images
- Models, algorithms, scripts
- Contents of an application such as input, output, log files for analysis software, simulation software, schemas
- Methodologies and workflows
- Standard operating procedures and protocols
Why have an institutional research data management strategy?
A RDM strategy will improve the institutional capacity to support researchers in the management of research data and adhere to the emerging Tri-Agency policy requirements (SSHRC, NSERC, CHRI) - Portage Network
Template - Institutional Research Data Management Strategy
Prepared by the Portage Institutional RDM Strategy Working Group. A draft template and supporting guidance document that are designed to assist Canadian research institutions in developing an overarching strategy for RDM.
Examples of institutional RDM strategies:
Monash University (Australie) Research Data Management Strategy and Strategic Plan 2012-2015
North Western University (Illinois) Research Data: Ownership, Retention, and Access
University of Minnesota (Minnesota) Research Data Management: Archiving, Ownership, Retention, Security, Storage, and Transfer
Boston University Libraries. Research Data Management: What is “research data”?
Bryant, Rebecca, Brian Lavoie, and Constance Malpas. 2018. Incentives for Building University RDM Services.The Realities of Research Data Management, Part 3. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research. https://doi.org/10.25333/C3S62F.
Rans, J., Jones, S. (2013). ‘RDM strategy: moving from plans to action’. DCC RDM Services case studies. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. https://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/developing-rdm-services/rdm-strategy-moving-plans-action