Research Data Management

"Data management is the process of controlling the information generated during a research project. Any research will require some level of data management, and funding agencies are increasingly requiring scholars to plan and execute good data management practices." -- Penn State University Libraries

"Research data management is important for institutions as well as researchers. As the volume and complexity of digital research data increase, so does the need to address the challenges of managing, selecting, retaining and storing it" -- Digital Curation Center

"A data management plan is a formal document that outlines what you will do with your data during and after you complete your research" -- University of California Curation Center

This bibliography includes selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions
A white paper by EDUCAUSE ACTI Data Management Working Group to provide guidance on developing research data management planning services at higher education institutions
A brief overview of the issue with links to additional resources
A briefing paper aims to help managers in research institutions build support for developing new services for research data management

Training Resources
A JISC funded project to produce taught and continuing professional development (CPD) learning materials in Research Data Management (RDM) tailored for Information professional. Collaboratively developed by the libraries of the University of Leeds, Sheffield, and York, with the Information School at Sheffield
A course designed for PhD students and others who are planning a research project using digital data
University of Cambridge
Including links to training modules developed by JISC-funded PrePARe project, DataTrain, presentations from topical seminars, and short video interviews

Related Conference/Workshop Presentations
Research Data Management Forum (Ongoing since April 2009)
List of biannual forums held by UK Digital Curation Center with freely available presentation slides
Organized by OpenAIRE/LIBER with presentation slides and video recordings
Organized by DigCurV with presentations on digital curation education
Recorded webcast available for selected sessions
Research Data Symposium (February 27, 2013)
Poster presentations have been made open access and are freely available for viewing
Papers presented at the 38th Annual Conference of International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology
Selected presentations available
Held by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Organized by RLUK (Research Libraries UK) with a series of presentations clarifying the research library agenda with regard to research data management

CARDIO (Collaborative Assessment of Research Data Infrastructure and Objectives)
Self-assessment tool for evaluating current data management practice of an institution or department
Developed by the Digital Curation Centre to help researchers and research support staff produce data management plans
Help capture requirements for specific data generated by researchers as articulated by the researchers themselves
Developed by ASERL/SURA Research Data Management Group to assist researchers developing data management plan

Sample Data Management and Preservation Policies
A list of examples of explicit policies on research data and examples of existing policies amended to encompass research data
A policy on data storage and retention, and responsibilities of various stakeholders
A policy on responsibilities and methods of data storage, access, and destroy if appropriate
A policy on access and retention of research data and materials
A policy on responsibilities for research data, ownership, retention, and processes for data transfer if staff/grants move from the institution
Model policy language endorsed by the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)

Selected Guides

Managing and sharing data: Best practice for researchers, 3rd edition (UK Data Archive, 2011)
Guide to social science data preparation and archiving: Best practice throughout the data life cycle, 4th edition (ICPSR)
Geospatial Electronic Records (Center for International Earth Science Information Network)
Geospatial Data Preservation (Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center)
Sensitive Research Data Management (Purdue University)
Resources for Digital Curators (Digital Curation Center)
Data Management and Publishing (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Data Management (Rutgers University)
Lifecycle Data Management Planning (Michigan State University)
Data Management at Harvard (Harvard University)
Data Management Services (John Hopkins University)
Data Management for the Sciences (University of California, Los Angeles)
UC3 (University of California Curation Center)

Data Repositories and Services
A searchable catalog of online research data repositories
Open Access Directory
Disciplinary Repositories and Services
Earth Science Data, Maps, and Tools Directory (Natural Resources Canada)
ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)