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Research Data Management Plan (RDMP)

icon   Log in to Stash (see the instructional video below in Creating an RDMP in Stash).

What is Research Data Management?

Research data management is all about how you manage the digital and physical data generated during your research project. 

It covers gathering, organising, storing, and managing access to data throughout the project.

In addition to planning, research data management also includes decisions about archiving, sharing and publishing data. 

Some of the benefits to practicing good research data management are:

  • Enabling you to manage risk, like guarding against preventable data loss
  • Ensuring the integrity of your research and supporting reproducibility,
  • Providing increased opportunity for research collaboration, engagement and impact,
  • Assisting you to comply with publisher and funder requirements for publishing research outputs.

What is a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP)?

A research data management plan is a document that describes: ​

  • What data will be created ​
  • What policies will apply to the data ​
  • Who will own and have access to the data ​
  • What data management practices will be used ​
  • What facilities and equipment will be required ​
  • Highlight any ethical, commercial or cultural sensitivities around the data and how you will mitigate any potential risks
  • Who will be responsible for each of these activities.

They establish a link between the project you are working on (even if informal) and your research data, and stipulates who has ownership and responsibility over the data. 

RDMPs are living documents, and can be updated any time an aspect of the research data relating to your project changes. Your data management plan can (and should) adapt to your needs as your project progresses.

How do I create an RDMP at UTS?

Stash is a platform that you can use to help manage your research data, by creating a research data management plan, linking your plan to available workspaces, create an archival data record for the preservation of your data, and publish your data if required. 

To begin, log in to Stash and select “Create RDMP”. 

The video below takes you through all the steps in creating an RDMP in Stash.  

Why do I need an RDMP?

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 funding bodies’ requirements and/or in University policy.

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and several funding bodies require that researchers adequately plan for their data. For example, the Australian Research Council (ARC) requires researchers to outline how they plan to manage research data arising from ARC-funded research. An RDMP will enable you to comply with this requirement. Making time at the start of a research project to create a robust data management plan sets you up to be organised at every stage of your project. 

At UTS, the Research Management Policy (Section 4.4.1) mandates a research data management plan (RDMP) for any research project, including research by higher degree research students. RDMPs enable the University to know who is responsible for the data, where it is stored and the correct terms of access and usage. You can get more information from Guidelines for the management of research data created by RIO.