Answered By: Nazlin Bhimani
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017     Views: 32

The following information has been adapted from a blog post by Myriam Fellous-Sigrist dated 15 September 2015

Research data are the original sources or material that you have created or collated to conduct your research project. The response to your research question is based on the analysis of these data. (Read more in our post on research data.)

Research Data Management covers all of the decisions made throughout the research lifecycle to handle these research data, from the planning stage of the project up to the long-term preservation of data.

Planning ahead for Research Data Management helps researchers to ensure data quality, minimize risks, save time and comply with legal, ethical, institutional and funders’ requirements.

(Definition borrowed and adapted from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine website.)

More information on RDM is available on the UCL Research Data Management blog at, or on this very useful guide here: 

Tip!  You may want to look at sources for data before you create data.  Examples of other data will also help you plan how you collect data.

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