Data management is not just the responsibility of the researcher who has created or collected the data. Various parties are involved in the research process and may play a role in ensuring good quality data, safeguarding them and facilitating data sharing. It is crucial that roles and responsibilities are assigned and not just presumed. For collaborative research, assigning roles and responsibilities across partners is important.
People involved in data management and sharing can include:
You should also consider whether any particular training may be needed for any staff involved. Your institution or specialist organisations may coordinate or provide training in various aspects of research data management.
Research centres and large-scale projects can also consider how best to support researchers through a framework of shared best practices, guidance and policies.
The UK Data Service has recently upgraded its data discovery and access systems. Read more about the changes to our new Data Catalogue and ‘My Account’ area.