For many researchers the research activity includes collecting and/or generating research data. This means that researchers needs to handle and manage their data in a secure and effective manner to ensure that it is not lost or otherwise reduced in quality. Applications for research funding must contain a description of how data will be managed after collection and archived after the research is completed. It is also becoming more common for journals to set requirements relating to accessibility of the research data on which the articles they publish are based. Moreover, it is of great value for future research if the data are archived and made available to others.
Fig. – Life cycle research data: Data collection (blue) – Data management – Data study & analysis – Data preserving – Data publishing – Data reuse – Data collection.
Consequently, before commencing a project, you should have a plan for how you are going to manage your data. UB can help you to write a data management plan that satisfies the requirements of your research funder and – perhaps even more importantly – makes it easier for you to keep track of your project.
Once you have started your research project, a number of tools are available that will help you to manage your data. This may include a common word processing program or text editor, a spreadsheet software program like Excel or more advanced programs for statistical analysis or storage of larger amounts of data. If you are collaborating with other researchers, it may be useful to use a file sharing application. For smaller amounts of data in standard file formats such as .docx and .xlsx, SharePoint (UiT’s document area for projects) is a suitable application. This tool can also be used for writing articles or book manuscript. For slightly larger quantities, UNINETT’s storage and file sharing application Box is a suitable option. Other solutions are also available, but it is important to assess the ownership of the content and secure data management. For more information, see the web pages of Section for Digital Research Services.
Upon completion of the project, the need generally arises for a suitable data archiving service where your data may be archived in a secure manner, and where it may be made available and shared with others, to the extent that this is permitted.
Special requirements apply for the management of sensitive research data. Please contact the Section for Research Services at your faculty if you have any questions relating to this.
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