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Research Data Management: What is Research Data?

This guide will assist researchers in planning for the various stages of managing their research data and in preparing data management plans required with funding proposals.

Data defined

Data are facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis

Research Data is any information that has been collected, observed, generated or created to validate original research findings.  

Research Data includes :

  • notebooks
  • survey responses
  • software and code
  • measurements from laboratory or field equipment
  • images (such as photographs, films, scans, etc.)
  • audio recordings
  • physical samples 


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