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Research Data Management @ Queen's

What is Research Data Management (RDM)?

Research data are primary source materials supporting your research, and can be used as evidence to validate your findings and results.

With the accelerating pace at which information can be generated and shared in today's networked society, researchers face new considerations, opportunities and risks when working with data. Research data is a significant asset generated during the course of research, and has the potential to benefit other researchers if managed appropriately. Some research data requires added layers of security to ensure it's safe keeping.

RDM refers to the processes applied throughout the lifecycle of a research project to guide the collection, documentation, storage, sharing, and preservation of research data.

Research data lifecycle

Research Data Lifecycle: The activities, and types of data collected in a project are not always predictable or homogenous. However, it's been shown to be beneficial during planning to anticipate the activities that might be involved in your planning process, such as the activities proposed in this model developed by the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure (2014).

The Portage National Training Expert Group has created a Primer: Research Data Management and a Brief Guide: Research Data Management that provide an overview of RDM. Both are licensed under CC BY 4.0

Why Manage your Research Data?

Managing your research data will help you:

  • meet funding agency requirements
  • write more competitive grant applications
  • get credit for your data and increase its impact and visibility
  • encourage the discovery and use of your data to explore new research questions
  • improve your data's accuracy, completeness, and usability
  • ensure long-term preservation of data for future researchers
  • comply with ethics and privacy policies

Queen’s University Library provides Research Data Management Services. For more information, or to deposit your research data, contact an Open Scholarship Services specialist at