Data Management

As a researcher at Western Sydney University, you have access to help with Data Management for your research project. Visit Data Management and Technology Planning or log a data management request via the ITDS ServiceNow Portal (opens in a new window)

Why is data management important?

Every researcher needs to be concerned with data management throughout the data life cycle and beyond. Through sound data management planning and implementation, a researcher can:

  • Plan for end-to-end data management needs including computational and storage needs.
  • Increase research impact by ensuring data is both preserved and citable.
  • Ensure long-term access of data through well-described and retrievable data sets.
  • Potentially make available data sets for reuse and/or future research projects and collaborations.

What will data management planning do for me?

Data management planning from the outset of a research project will help researchers plan for and articulate the following:

  • Data to be produced
  • Data documentation and metadata (data about the data)
  • Data storage and security needs
  • Ethics, copyright and Intellectual Property
  • Access, sharing and reuse of data
  • Data retention and disposal
  • Preservation and archiving of data.

The Researcher Dashboard (opens in a new window) enables the creation of shareable Research Data Management Plans which comply with the University’s Policy (opens in a new window)