Data Management

What is research data management?

Managing your research data is an essential task that requires a plan from the beginning of any research project to maximise its value and ensure research integrity.

Research funders and publishers often require you to provide evidence of and access to research data.

The Library helps with this process through the provision of a data management planning tool in ResearchDirect. Data management plans must include a comprehensive data description and provision for deposit of the data and/or description in ResearchDirect at project completion.

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 states that it is the responsibility of researchers to 'retain clear, accurate, secure and complete records of all research including research data and primary materials. Where possible and appropriate, allow access and reference to these by interested parties.'

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is supported by guides on specific topics to encourage responsible research conduct, including one for management of data and information in research.

The University’s Research Data Management Policy details the responsibilities of Western Sydney University, its researchers and research students regarding the management of research data.

Research data management lifecycle illustration

The Research Data Management Lifecycle by the University of California Santa Cruz Library, CC-BY-NC licence at