Research data is “the evidence that underpins the answers to the research question, and can be used to validate findings regardless of its form” (UKRI)
This may include: “statistics, collections of digital images, sound recordings, transcripts of interviews , survey data and field work observations, an interpretation, artwork, archives, found objects, published texts or a manuscript”
For more information, see the University RDM Policy
For further information on data storage through the research lifecycle, see the JISC Guidance
Research data management is concerned with the organisation, preservation and sharing of research data. UKRI identifies research data as a ‘public good produced in the public interest which should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible in a timely and responsive manner’.
At Manchester Metropolitan research data management is a fundamental responsibility of all researchers. The effective management of your research data will ensure that it is findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable (FAIR Principles) from the date of data creation as well as long into the future.
Research data management improves research by:
Please find the full policy in the 'Policies, Guidance & Links' section below.
All research projects are required to submit the information required for a Data Management Plan via the research data storage allocation request (DMP) form. In order to satisfy this requirement, you will need to have ethical approval in place before using the form.
A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal statement describing how you will manage and document the data in a research project. A complete DMP should explicitly address the capture, management, integrity, confidentiality, preservation, sharing and publication of the research data.
A DMP should be produced for every research project at Manchester Metropolitan University and principal investigators will be signposted to both the ethics and research data storage allocation request (DMP) form during mobilisation.
The benefits of having a data management plan are:
Note: DMPs are living documents and therefore should be periodically reviewed and updated to ensure their effectiveness.
Research Data Storage (RDS) is the University’s new centrally managed storage provision for research data, available for all new research projects from 13 January 2020. Having this provision enables researchers and the university to achieve the following benefits:
For new projects after the 13th January 2020, Principal Investigators will be signposted to both the ethics and research data storage allocation request (DMP) form during project setup.
Where storage requirements are indicated in the storage request (DMP) form, once assessed, the storage space will be created, and instructions for use and support will also be sent out automatically. Very large requirements may be subject to further assessment within research centres/faculties.
All active projects will be subject to an audit and possible migration starting mid-January. This process is likely to take several months and someone from the project team will be in touch with Principal Investigators (PIs) to organise the audit. Migration will follow slightly further behind that.
The RDS system is simple to use and once set up can be accessed in the same way as the H: and R: drives, both on and off campus. If you need any support and guidance, please go to the intranet pages here
All of your information relating to your research project should be stored in RDS. Do not store personal docs and do not store documents to share.
From April 2019, Dropbox Business is available to all research staff at Manchester Met for sharing and collaboration on research data. This page provides support guidance about Dropbox Business. Please see the DropBox intranet page for more information
Records Management / File Management
For more on information security and data protection policies please see the Information Security policy pages
For further information surrounding research data management, please contact the RKE Systems team at RKE-Systems@mmu.ac.uk