Information for researchers

To optimise research outcomes, data must be stored, retained, documented and/or described, made accessible for use and reuse, and/or disposed of according to legal, statuatory, ethical and funding body requirements. See our Research Data Management Policy for more information.

For general information - University Library

Not sure what to do with your research data? As a starting point, discover best practice in planning, managing, sharing and storing your data by contacting the University Library and/or visiting their website which provides detailed information on how to manage research data.

Specialist information about research storage services and advice - MeRC

For more specialist research storage infrastructure advice and services, visit the Monash eResearch Centre (MeRC) website. MeRC partners with research groups to accelerate and transform knowledge, connecting them to the most appropriate hardware, software and services to sustain that capability. It leads a number of national and international eResearch initiatives and has links with AuScope, MASSIVE, and the Monash Bioinformatics and Immersive Visualisation platforms.

Specific information about how long to keep research data - Records and Archives

Records and Archives provides specific advice regarding retention and disposal of research data in accordance with Public Record Office of Victoria policy, standards and guidelines.

For detailed information about research data and disposal rules, see Retention and disposal of research data


Sentencing is the process of matching your research data to a specific class of records in a records authority (e.g. Monash University Retention and Disposal Authority)

For a quick introduction about what sentencing means for research data, check out our two minute Sentencing video: