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Research Data Management at TRU


Welcome to the new Research Data Management website for TRU!

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Get Started with your Data Management Plan!

What is Research Data Management?

"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:

  • Data collection: how and what will be collected
  • Documentation and metadata: how the data will be described
  • Storage and backup: how the data will be stored
  • Preservation: how the data will be preserved long term
  • Sharing and reuse: how and if the data will be shared
  • Responsibilities and resources: who will have access to the data
  • Ethics and legal compliance: information about sensitive data

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.



Tri-Agency RDM Policy

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:

  • Institutional Strategies: by March 2023, all institutions must have an institutional RDM strategy. This strategy will detail what the institution is doing to support RDM and a road map for the future.
  • Data Management Plans: in Spring 2022, the Tri-Agency will identify which grants will require a DMP to receive funding.
  • Data Deposit: no date is identified for this pillar yet, but after the first two have been implemented, the Tri-Agency will be evaluating which data must be deposited and how.

TRU Libraries and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies are currently working on TRU's Institutional RDM Strategy, and are supporting researchers with their Data Management Plans.

Get Help with RDM

Questions? Need help with your DMP or storage? Have a suggestion for this guide? Please get in touch!

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