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Module 3: Conducting Research Responsibly – Protecting Yourself, Your Research, and Your University

Topic 4: Managing your research records

In today's research context it is most likely that research will be undertaken by groups of researchers, or at the very least in a dual student–supervisor relationship, rather than by an individual researcher. Collaborative research has grown dramatically and this can involve both local and distance relationships. Fundamental to the research relationship within a research group or between collaborators is the expectation that all data will be collected, shared, and retained in a way that will achieve maximum benefit.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • Identify the importance of adequate record keeping for your research
  • Understand the benefits of, and requirements for, research data sharing and access
  • Recognise the expectation of research data ownership
  • Identify issues in maintaining research records and in managing electronic data
  • Identify important considerations for conducting collaborative research
  • Identify resources to help you develop a data management plan.

Topic content

4.1 Responsible record keeping
4.2 Research data access and sharing
4.3 Research data ownership
4.4 Retaining research data
4.5 Electronic data
4.6 Collaborative research
4.7 Data management planning

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