Victoria University of Wellington encourages staff and student researchers to develop plans for managing research data early in a research project. This means creating a plan for documenting, storing, securing and preserving research data to ensure efficient access and use of data throughout a research project’s lifecycle, and to enable sharing, citing and publishing of research outcomes. Research data management (RDM) plans apply to research theses, individual and collaborative research projects undertaken within the University and with external researchers and organisations.
Research data is collected, observed, recorded or created as part of an original research project and may include third party data (eg Statistics New Zealand datasets). Data may be:
Management of research data is important to ensure that data used, created or produced in your research is organised so it is securely stored and accessible by other researchers you may collaborate with. Some international research funding agencies and publishers require the use of Research Data Management Plans.
The FAIR data principles - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable - developed and adopted by the FORCE 11 group are useful to guide thinking and planning around the management of research data.
A Research Data Management Plan documents:
Developing a plan requires you to consider and make decisions about these issues before beginning a research project.
Benefits of a research data management plan include:
When you begin your research project, you can use the Victoria University of Wellington Research Data Management Plan (DMP) checklist below to start your RDM plan. Save the plan and share it with your supervisor or collaborators as appropriate. The plan will be a living document you can add to and update as your research progresses.
Resources at Victoria University of Wellington include:
Other relevant resources include many used in the development of these guidelines:
Who can I contact for assistance and information?
Library - Academic Research Support
Research Office - firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Ethics - email@example.com
Research Services (Digital Services)
Centre for Academic Development - Digital Learning and Research
Copyright - firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal grant applications, require researchers to provide details of how data produced during and resulting from proposed projects will be managed. Key considerations and possible statements are provided in the sections below, with links to further information in this guide. Should you wish, you may copy details that are relevant to your research project into your application.
You can also download the Victoria University of Wellington Research Data Management Plan (DMP) Checklist below and enter your plan details. You can update and add to the plan as a living document throughout your research.
Library staff are available to help you with this. Please contact Research Services to arrange an individual consultation.