The usefulness of research depends on the veracity of the data underpinning it. The responsible conduct of research requires that appropriate methods are used in data collection. It also requires the proper management and retention of research records, including data and primary materials, as articulated in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018; the Code). Durable research data are essential to justify and, when required, defend the outcomes of research.

Research can generate very large volumes of data, records and primary materials. Effective management is therefore important to ensure efficiency in research and to prevent compromises to data integrity. If sufficient materials and data are not retained the results of research should not be published.

Research data management begins with a good plan. Before data is collected researchers must consider issues related to:

  • ownership
  • storage, retention and disposal
  • access for re-use
  • privacy and confidentiality

Researchers at UQ must comply with the Code, UQ’s Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Research Data Management Policy and with legal, statutory, ethics and funding body requirements.

The University Library provides information and planning tools in its Guide to Research Data Management to assist researchers in meeting their obligations. In developing their data management plan researchers must take into consideration requirements of research agreements, funding organisations, publishers and the University's Open Access for UQ Research Publications Policy and Procedures.

Researchers should seek advice from their supervisor at the start of a project to understand the resources available for the management and retention of research records, including data and primary materials.

Additional resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) – UQ began transitioning to the 2018 Code in April 2019 (transition details available here)

ARC Research Data Management requirements

Australian National Data Service (ANDS: information on data management, publishing, reuse and more)

NHMRC Principles for Accessing and Using Publicly Funded Data for Health Research (2016)