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Module 8: Project Closeout

2.11 Data management

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/r39.pdf ) sets out the broad requirements for data management, retention, storage, and confidentiality (see Part A, Section 2 of the Code), with clear implications for long-term retrievability. All Australian universities are bound by the Code, and it has ushered in a change of culture in respect of data management in research projects, with the imperative now on rigorous and systematic capture of data throughout a project, and high levels of accountability at all levels for the ongoing maintenance and accessibility of that data, typically extending well beyond the life of the project itself. This has implications for research project management and leadership, right from the early planning phases, with particular obligations applying at the project closeout stage. The implementation of these obligations will vary from university to university.

Supplementary to your university’s general requirements may be specific undertakings in respect of data management as set out in the agreement with the granting body. In addition, commitments to data storage, confidentiality and/or disposal arising, for example, from ethics approvals, as well as data management requirements in respect of research undertaken for a higher degree thesis, will have to be taken into account.

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