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Research Data Management

Data Management Resources

Research Data Management at Western Sydney University

Managing your research data is an important task which should be planned from the beginning of any research project.

Data is not just quantitative. Interview transcripts, photographs and completed surveys are considered to be research data in the same way as instrument readings, measurements and observations.

Data Management Planning

Safe storage and back up of your research data is vital to ensure its long term access, security and preservation.
In accordance with the University's Research Data Management Policy, a data management plan (see this YouTube video) should be created in the early stages of a research project.

It may also be necessary to include information about data management planning in a funding application. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) provides a guide to filling in the data management section in ARC grant applications.

The Library's Researcher Dashboard enables the creation of shareable Research Data Management Plans (RDMP) which comply with the University’s RDM Policy.

A data management plan will inform ethics applications and provide the basis for maximising data value. Consideration of how much and what type of data, who needs access to it, and plans for future reuse by the same team or new researchers, can lay the foundation for efficient data practices through the life of the project.

A data management plan may include details of the technology solutions which will be used in the research. If you would like further consultation on your technology options, please contact the University’s eResearch Analyst or the IT Service Desk.

Data Storage

There is a difference between working storage and archival storage. Working storage is where you put the data you're working with/on. Archival storage is where you put the data that you've finished working with, at least for that project, paper or publication. The University offers both types of storage.

Working Storage

In accordance with the University's Research Data Management Policy, infrastructure is available to researchers to use as a secure platform to store and share working data. Visit the University's MyIT portal to learn more about setting up a new file share through our eResearch support partner, Intersect.

Working storage for University staff is also available from AARNET, a federally-funded academic and research company. Cloudstor offers working storage and file sharing capabilities. Cloudstor is just like Dropbox in many ways, but hosted in Australia, and with higher quotas. You may even wish to request a Group Drive from Cloudstor, with 1TB of storage.

You can choose to automatically synchronise your files with CloudStor, using the ownCloud client. When accessing CloudStor for the first time, you will be presented with the First Run wizard which will prompt you to set a sync password. This password is used for accessing CloudStor using the ownCloud sync clients. You will also be presented with the option of downloading an ownCloud sync client for your operating system. If you already use CloudStor and would like to install the sync client, please access the instructions via the University's MyIT portal.

Archival Storage

In accordance with the Open Access to Research Policy, the products and outputs of research conducted at Western Sydney University (including research data) should be appropriately archived and made openly available for re-use and citation wherever possible.

ResearchDirect is the University's Institutional Repository. It includes data that represents the inputs and outputs of research processes, or a reference to where this data is archived. Library staff will assist researchers to create accurate and complete data descriptions, which are then contributed to Research Data Australia. This increased exposure to Western Sydney University's research output may enable new collaborations and research opportunities.

To support data citation, records are created with a stable URL or DOI (digital object identifier).

The ‘Create Archival Data Record’ tab in the Researcher Dashboard enables researchers to describe archival datasets and the 'Publish and Share' tab allows these to be added to ResearchDirect and Research Data Australia.

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