Research Data Management - Overview
Updated: 24 November 2020 01:35 PM
Research Data Management (RDM) refers to the creation, storage, access and preservation of data produced from a given investigation.
Good data management practice allows reliable verification of results and permits new and innovative research built on existing information. This is important if the full value of public investment in research is to be realized. Canadian Government policies are in the process of being developed and at November 17, 2020 the DRAFT Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy represents the latest guidance on digital data management strategies, concepts and techniques for Canadian researchers.
DRAFT Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy
RDM helps ensure the protection of data during a research project and beyond, helping to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of good research ethics and reproducibility.
What is Research Data?
The Research Data Lifecycle
Data Management Planning and the DMP Assistant
DMP Assistant is a Canadian bilingual tool for preparing Data Management Plans (DMPs). The tool follows best practices in data stewardship and walks researchers step-by-step through key questions about data management.
DMP Assistant is designed to meet the Data Management Plan recommendations of these Canadian funders:
Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
This guide will help you plan and organize your research and to meet research funder requirements.
Portage provides a collection of guides to assist researchers.
Research Ethics Board (REB) & Research ethics policy
Any OCAD U research that involves living human participants or human biological materials (whether from living or deceased individuals) must be reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the university. Find out more about this important aspect of research at OCAD University.
Research Data Storage
The link below provides details of commonly used research data storage systems available to researchers at OCAD University.
With a number of simple measures you can ensure the physical security of your research data:
lock your computer when leaving it for just a moment (Windows key + L)
The computer you use to consult, process and store your data, must be secured:
use a firewall
Encryption is the process of encoding digital information in such a way that only authorised parties can view it. It is especially useful when you are transmitting personal or confidential data.
GPG free/open source (Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG)).
If you are unfamiliar with PGP/GPG you will want to have a look at this GPG guide.
Research Dissemination and Repositories
Making your research available increases exposure to your work, which can lead to increased citation of research overall. Research data are a valuable resource, usually requiring much time and money to be produced. Many data have significant value for usage beyond the original research. The ease with which digital data can be stored, disseminated and made easily accessible online to users means that many institutions are keen to share research data to increase the impact and visibility of their research.
Open Research OCAD University Institutional Repository
Open Research (openresearch.ocadu.ca) is a digital archive managed by the OCAD University Library to collect, preserve, and distribute scholarly and creative output generated by the OCAD U community.
The OCAD University Dataverse Repository
The OCAD University Dataverse is repository for non-sensitive research data collected by researchers affiliated with the University. This open source platform allows researchers to deposit, share, analyze, cite, and explore data.
Repositories relevant to your research domain can be found through repository search tools which gather details for repositories, which you can filter by subject, domain and taxonomy.
Registry of Research Data Repositories "re3data"
Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR)
The FRDR is a platform for Canadian researchers to deposit and share research data, and to facilitate discovery of research data in Canadian repositories. FRDR is particularly suitable for archiving and sharing large data sets (300 GB or 25,000 files).
Which repository should I use?
Choosing where to deposit research data is a crucial matter. It highly affects its impact, reach and audience. Making the right choice leads to increased citations and data reuse.
This Data Deposit Tree provided by UBC can help you decide which type of repository you should use for your research.
Further best-practice repository advice from Jisc UK.
Choosing the right repository solution.
Further Research Resources at OCAD University
OCAD University Office of Research and Innovation
OCAD University Library
Reference & Instruction