Manage your research data

Preparing a data management plan

Researchers have an obligation to manage research data responsibly. Preparing a research data management plan will help you make good data management choices. This can save you time and effort in the long term and help increase the value of your data in the future.

How and where to store your research data

Well-managed data ensures your research findings are replicable and your conclusions are backed up with evidence. Storing your data appropriately can reduce the risk of loss, theft, damage and corruption, as well as breaches of confidentiality and privacy and Intellectual Property violations. Learn how to store your digital and non-digital data.

Increase the value of your data by sharing it

Sharing data can help:

  • build research partnerships and collaboration
  • allow discovery and citation of data sets
  • increase citations to publications derived from the data with the application of a DOI for persistent identification
  • enable the verification of research results.

Read about how to share your data, and what to consider before you do.

Help with data management

Contacts at Deakin, tools, guides, and training are available to help you with data management.

Research Data Footprints

Research Data Footprints is a tool that will enable you to create a data management plan. You can also use it to describe your data collections for:

  • Archiving
  • Discovery
  • Reuse
  • Possible publication.

You can access Research Data Footprints with your Deakin username and password. Information on how to use the tool is found in the Research Data Footprints Guide or in the help found within the tool.

Note: Please use Firefox to access Research Data Footprints. There are known issues with Internet Explorer.

Research Data Store (RDS)

The Research Data Store (RDS) is a tool for data storage space on Deakin’s infrastructure. You can use this storage space for your project.  You can also publish data to the wider world with the RDS by linking to it from a record in DRO.

You can access the RDS with your Deakin username and password.  Information on how to use the RDS is in the RDS User Guide (PDF, 1.9 MB) or within the tool itself.

You can access the RDS through the standard mapped network drives. You can also access storage provisioned through the RDS via an interactive server.  For those of you who are familiar with Unix command line will find this useful to pull and push data from the RDS. Information on how to access this is in the wiki.