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Research Data Management Plan (RDMP)

How do I create a Research Data Management Plan?

Creating a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) helps you actively think about research data management and how it applies to your project and aligns your research practice with expectations outlined in University policy.

To help make things easier UTS provides a place where you can create and update your RDMP called Stash.

Stash is a system which enables UTS researchers to manage, and maintain control over, research data. Stash supports researchers in fulfilling funder and UTS requirements for data management planning, proper research data governance and curation, as well as (optionally) sharing data with other researchers. Its purpose is to enable you to catalogue your research data when you archive it, to find it again later, and to provide instructions for data retention and management.

More information on using Stash is available through the Stash user guide.

Why do I need a RDMP?

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and several funding bodies require that researchers adequately plan for their data.

At UTS, the Research Management Policy (Section 4.4.1) outlines the responsibilities of researchers, including that they have a RDMP. You can get more information from Guidelines for the management of research data created by RIO.

What are the benefits of creating a RDMP?

Your RDMP will be updated throughout your research process, and should be thought of as a ‘living’ document that records information about your data. It also helps clarify details that can save headaches later down the line, including (but not limited to):

  • The type of data you are collecting
  • Choosing appropriate formats for this data, both during research and for archiving or publishing
  • Ethical considerations
  • Storing and backup your data appropriately
  • Who is responsibility and ownership of the data
  • Should the data be accessible for reuse, and under what circumstances
  • How long should I keep the data