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 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.
A data management plan will inform ethics applications and computing requirements. 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.
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.
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. You can take advantage of the Research Shared Drive. Visit the University's MyIT portal to learn more about setting up a new file share.
Working storage for University staff is also available from AARNET, a federally-funded academic and research company. They can offer working storage in the form of Cloudstor. Cloudstor is just like Dropbox in many ways, but hosted in Australia, and with higher quotas.
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).
Western Sydney University Policies
Additional links to related policies and information are available in Section 5 of the University's Research Data Management Policy.