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Working with data

Research data management is a process that continues throughout and beyond a research project. Once the planning for data has been completed and the project is getting under way, research data and other digital outputs will start coming in. It is critical at this stage to have strategies and procedures in place to store, document and organise this material, coordinate with collaborators and be aware of ethical and legal implications when dealing with sensitive information.

Find out more about each of these topics in the sections below.

What are data?

A short overview of what is considered as 'data' and 'datasets'.

Benefits of good data management

What is research data management and what are its benefits?

File formats

Tips on how to choose formats for storage and preservation.

Organising data

Tips for file naming, versioning and organising folders and files on your device.

Documentation and metadata

What does data documentation mean? What are metadata? Tips on how to create metadata.

Data security

Good practice and policies around data security information classification at the University.

Collaborative working

Tips and recommendations for research data management when working collaboratively.









Across the the University of St Andrews, research collaboration has resulted in the establishment of different computing facilities. Visit their webpages to find out more: