If you are getting started with Research Data Management (RDM), this guide has the resources you need about data management best practices and how to get started with data management plans (DMPs).
The DMP Assistant is a great tool to get started with writing you DMP. Its template will help you scaffold and plan how you will organize, manage, and share your data.
As per the Tri-Agency RDM Policy, TRU Libraries and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies have published a Research Data Management Institutional Strategy to outline current practices and future steps for RDM at TRU.
"Research Data Management (RDM) refers to the storage, access, and preservation of data produced from a given project." This means managing your data over the entire data lifecycle, from planning and conducting the research project to backing up and storing data afterwards.
Research data is any information that has been collected, observed, generated, or created to validate original research findings. This includes, but is not limited to, field notes, questionnaires, transcripts, audiovisual materials, slides, algorithms, methodologies, and more.
A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a document that outlines what you will do with your data. It is separate from the data itself, and it is a living document. A DMP details:
The main purpose of a DMP is to help the research team with the research project. A good DMP can help the team avoid losing data, increase reproducibility of results, and track the research more efficiently and effectively.
The Tri-Agency data management policy affirms that RDM is an important aspect of high-quality research. Therefore, they have three stages, or pillars, for institutions which receive these grants:
NEW! The Tri-Agency has announced the initial funding opportunities that will require applicants to submit a DMP. They are:
Learn more: https://science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_547652FB.html
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