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Describing your research data helps others to discover your work. This makes your research more transparent and supports research integrity.
The metadata which describes your research data will be harvested by Research Data Australia, Google Scholar and other search engines through Deakin Research Online (DRO). This helps expose your research to opportunities for further research to build on your results.
Deakin University has a curatorial responsibility to the research data that you create over the course of your research. This research is defined in the Research Conduct Policy as:
Including, but not limited to, physical samples, photographs, written or audio-visual recordings, artwork, questionnaires or other instruments, fieldwork notes, and other items which are the sources of data or themselves constitute data in a research project.Describing my data
Describing your research data in the University's data store makes it more discoverable. Deakin Research Data Footprints is the online submission tool that will guide you step-by-step through the process.
Data in any format may be described in the data store. If it requires special software to use, this should be described in the record. To both share and discover datasets, good labelling of information is critical. Consider collecting all information that will be useful for discovery of your data early in your project.
When describing and making your research data accessible, you are fulfilling your obligations for the following requirements:
Creating a descriptive record of a research data enables:
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