Manage your research data to help you:

  • avoid theft, loss, accidental disclosure and intellectual property disputes
  • save time through efficient data capture, handling and processing
  • comply with funding agencies and publisher requirements to make your research data available
  • ensure reproducibility of your research outputs
  • share and licence your data on project completion, to encourage research collaboration.

Get advice on managing data responsibly, see the research integrity resource sheets, in particular:

Research integrity

Your responsibilities

You need to understand your data management requirements before starting your project, especially if your research is funded by key bodies— ARC or NHMRC .

Be familiar with the policy that applies to all research undertaken at Griffith.

Responsible Conduct of Research policy

Develop a data management plan

A data management plan documents the way your data will be treated throughout your project.

Before you start your project, ask yourself:

How long are you required to retain the research data?

Will human participants be involved, if so, what consent would be required?

Is your data considered sensitive?

How will you protect data from unauthorised access, loss or accidental disclosure?

What file formats will be used or generated?

Do you understand your responsibilities for data management?

Think about how your data is:

What types of data will be captured and collected, and what tools are needed?

What is the estimated final size of the dataset you will be creating?

Is high performance computing required or access to discipline-specific analysis, computation or visualisation tools?

How will you organise and document your data?

How will you manage file naming?

Do you need to keep track of any versions of software code?

Will your non-digital data, and any copies, be held in a safe and secure location?

Will your digital data, and any copies, be held in a safe and secure location?

Are all project hard drives (laptops and portable drives) encrypted to prevent a data breach?

How will you protect data from unauthorised access, loss or accidental disclosure?

What protocols are in place for securing data that must be exchanged with external partners or service providers?

How many people will form the research team and what are their roles?

What should you do if you suspect your data has been breached?

What is the plan for data sharing?

Will the journal you publish with require a copy of your supporting research data to be stored in a discipline-based or an institutional repository?

Is there potential for your data, including de-identified sensitive data, to be reused in the future by other researchers?

What data are you required to retain and for how long? If you are required to destroy data securely, how will you do this?

Your data management plan should be a dynamic document. Start planning.

Read the Guide for managing your research data

Download an editable template and view example plans

Common considerations

Can I get access to developers or specialist infrastructure?

eResearch services support the:

  • development and ongoing support of research applications and tools
  • acquisition of equipment, hardware, software or network resources.

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How do I protect sensitive data?

When collecting data that is considered sensitive—for example personal private data, health and medical data, or culturally sensitive data—carefully consider your storage solutions.

Not sure if your data is sensitive? Check these information security classification examples (Griffith staff and students only).

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