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Managing Data

This resource is licenced under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence by Claire Sewell, the Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge University Libraries.


Welcome to this online resource outlining the basics of Research Data Management or RDM. Managing their information is something that all researchers will have to consider throughout their project. Having a solid strategy for managing this in place prior to the start of a project and following it for the duration can really help to save time and energy - especially when trying to find important files on short notice. This interactive resource will guide librarians through some of the key areas they need to know to offer effective data management support, whatever their organisational structure.

Time commitment

This unit should take between 45 - 60 minutes to complete.

This resource is aimed at academic library staff in the UK who are new to working in research support or need to refresh their knowledge of a particular topic. In many institutions research support may only be one part of a larger role and it can be hard to develop a knowledge of the basics. This resource is designed to fill in these potential gaps. Learners can work through the whole resource in sequence or just dip into individual units as they need to. All of the units begin with a clear outline of the topic together with a list of anticipated learning outcomes. Within each unit learners will find optional reflective activities which encourage them to think about how the topic in question relates to their own work environment. The scholarly communication landscape varies by country so although the basics will remain the same, learners from outside the UK should investigate their local policies and practices.

Learners can navigate through the unit in a number of ways. The ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons below can be used to move through the unit in a linear way, the tabs on the left of the screen will allow learners to jump to a particular page and the homepage can be reached at any time by using the ‘Return home’ button.


   This unit will cover the following topics:

  • What is data?
  • The importance of data back-up
  • Data organisation strategies
  • How to share data
  • FAIR Principles
  • Data management plans


   At the end of this unit learners will:

  • Understand the reasons why researchers need to manage their information
  • Have increased confidence in data management techniques
  • Be able to recommend a data management strategy to their community

Select the Next button below to move on to the next section of the unit.

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