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The Research Data Oxford website is the University of Oxford's central source of information and guidance about research data management - also known as RDM.

Research data management is an umbrella term, covering a range of data-related activities during the whole research project life cycle, from before it starts to after the project concludes.

This includes:

  • Data management planning
  • Good practice in collecting and working with data during the live phase of the project
  • Compliance with legal and ethical requirements relating to research data
  • What happens to the data after the project is complete: preservation or disposal, and data sharing where appropriate

Good research data management is an essential part of good research. It has two key goals:

  • Smoothing the progress of the research process, by ensuring data is kept safe and that it’s possible to make the best use of it
  • Extending the life of data beyond the project, by ensuring it remains useful and accessible

Each section of this site deals with a key aspect of research data management. If you're new to the topic, good places to start are:

The Research Data Oxford team is available to provide more personalised guidance. Email to ask a question or to organise a chat to talk further.

Taking care of your research data: a one-minute video introduction to RDM