Managing Research Data

What is research data?

Research data is a term used to describe a wide selection of different content developed and used throughout a research project. All disciplines use and produce research data. 

Below are some examples of the different types of research data you may use or create during your research.

This includes:

  • any responses from focus groups, surveys, and questionnaires
  • laboratory notebooks
  • field notebooks
  • interview transcripts

This includes:

  • sound recordings – Including music and interview recordings
  • video recordings
  • photographs
  • graphs
  • diagrams
  • maps

This includes:

  • results from experiments
  • code for data analysis
  • code for data creation
  • instrument data
  • sensor generated data

This includes:

  • plant samples
  • shells
  • artefacts from an archaeological dig
  • biological samples
  • slides

This includes:

  • Draft of creative written works
  • Sheet music prepared for a performance
  • Sketches created before a final visual piece is created.

Useful Further Reading

Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) is committed to making Australian research data collections more valuable by managing, connecting, enabling discovery and supporting the reuse of this data.

The UK Data Services is not only the UK’s primary source of publicly available datasets, but it also has an in-depth learning hub for all aspects of working with research data.