These guidelines are primarily for researchers (staff, graduate research students and research collaborators from other institutions), and aim to address some common research data management issues experienced throughout the research process and research data life-cycle. The guidelines inform best practice for creating, preparing, storing and sharing data.

Data planning

How a planned approach to data collection, storage and dissemination can help you troubleshoot potential problems early and maximise your impact.

Ethics and consent

Understand your ethical and legal responsibilities when collecting and managing research data.

Copyright and ownership

Important copyright and ownership considerations when managing data.

Storage and backup

Know your storage options and how to access them.

Organising data

Strategies for structuring and documenting data so that you, and others, can find and use it into the future.

Durable formats

How to choose a good digital file format, and finding local protocols for managing non-digital data in print and physical formats.

Retention and disposal

Know your obligations for retaining and disposing research data and collections.

Publishing research data

Publish your research data and collections for compliance and greater engagement.