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All researchers work with data: from interviews and sound recordings, to archive documents and DNA traces. Research data management is the process of collecting, processing, protecting, storing, and sharing this research data. If you are interested in learning about the conditions for good research data management, or need help searching for and re-using secondary data, the UG can offer researchers advice and support. 

Data management and storage

Data management and storage

You have already drawn up a data management plan (DMP) for your research project. This document describes how you intend to collect, define, store, and share the data with others. You will update this document throughout your research, as managing data is a continuous process. You should always bear the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles in mind. You should also realize that good data management is not only important in terms of complying with the strict guidelines, but can also affect the impact that your research makes. Finally, it can be a decisive factor in whether or not you acquire research grants.

The privacy & security coordinator of your faculty is usually the first point of contact for questions and support relating to data management. At a central level, the Digital Competence Centre can also be of assistance.

Digital Competence Centre

The Digital Competence Centre supports researchers on issues regarding research data management and collecting, securely storing, processing, managing, and sharing data.

Storing data

Depending on the volume and complexity of your data, the UG has various solutions for secure, smart data storage. Read more information and an explanation of the options for storing and sharing data securely.

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Searching for and reusing secondary data

Searching for and reusing secondary data   

Researchers are increasingly being asked to store their research data in public archives in order to create transparency and contribute to new research. This can also benefit you as a researcher if you want to use secondary data from previous research as reference material for your own research. You should always check the rules first, and ask for help from the Digital Competence Centre, for example, or the privacy & security coordinator of your faculty. 

Searching for secondary data  

Data relating to people, countries, and companies is stored in various databases. The Library Guide below tells you where to find these databases and how to process and cite data correctly in your research.

Reusing secondary data

If you plan to reuse previously collected data, including personal data, in your research, first decide whether you need permission and/or which information you should supply to those concerned.


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