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Research data management

Research data management covers the planning, collecting, organising, managing, storage, security, backing up, preserving, and sharing your project's data.

Research data management is....

Research data represents significant value to researchers and the University of Queensland, and good stewardship of research data is necessary to validate the outcomes of research, and maintain the integrity of research results.

Research Data Management covers the planning, collecting, organising, managing, storage, security, backing up, preserving, and sharing data.  It ensures that research data are managed according to legal, statutory, ethical and funding body requirements. You can achieve these by using the UQ Research Data Manager (UQRDM) system.

Sound data management procedures can:

  • Increase the efficiency of research
  • Help guarantee the quality and authenticity of data
  • Enable the exposure of research outcomes through collaboration and dissemination
  • Provide for the reproducibility of experimental and computational outcomes
  • Facilitate the validation and verification of results.

Research Data Management applies at all stages of the data lifecycle. This guide provides the information and tools you need to effectively and efficiently manage your project's research data.

UQ Research Data Manager

UQ Research Data Manager (UQRDM) is the starting point for data management at UQ.  This single tool will provide you with storage for your project's research data, allow you to share and collaborate with colleagues, and plan and manage your project's research data.

UQRDM organises all the relevant data and documentation relating to your project, ensures you are compliant with institutional policies relating to data management, and  sets up a data management plan for funders.

Go straight to UQRDM or follow our simple user guide for more information.

Data Management Plan

For many researchers the first place to start when thinking about their research data, is a data management plan. It may be required by a funder, institution or a collaborator. If you are a HDR student, you may find that a data management plan is required by your school as part of your confirmation or graduate milestones.

UQ Library provides practical tools and support to assist with preparing data management plans from simple statements to more complex plans and code books. Check out the Data Management Plan section in this Guide or contact

Research data lifecycle

Planning, compliance & best practice - Organising & managing - Storage and security - Sharing & publishing - High quality data - Discovery & verification, Collaboration & innovation, Re-use

You will apply research data management principles and knowledge at every stage of your research project, and even beyond.