About Research Data Management

What is Research data?

According to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) "Data that are used as primary sources to support technical or scientific enquiry, research, scholarship, or artistic activity, and that are used as evidence in the research process and/or are commonly accepted in the research community as necessary to validate research findings and results. All other digital and non-digital content have the potential of becoming research data. Research data may be experimental data, observational data, operational data, third party data, public sector data, monitoring data, processed data, or repurposed data".



This guide will provide detailed information on the processes of research data management identified below:

  • Research Life-cycle
  • Citing Datasets
  • Data Repositories
  • Metadata & Data Documentation
  • Sharing Your Data
  • RDM Trainings and Tutorials

RDM Life cycle

What is the research lifecycle?

  • Research activity often takes place in various stages which forms a "lifecycle"
  • Data are created at various stages during this lifecycle
  • The data created have their own lifespan.

According to the UK Data Archive,

"...Data often have a longer lifespan than the research project that creates them. Researchers may continue to work on data after funding has ceased, follow-up projects may analyse or add to the data, and data may be re-used by other researchers."

UWC- Research Data Repository

UWC Library Services has created an Institutional Account on Zenodo where data creators can deposit their works. This will assist in managing of research data throughout the research life-cycle of projects and enhancing the visibility depending on the choice of the creator's license options for sharing.

Please see below the link to the account and use the upload button to deposit: