Data management planning for ESRC research data-rich investments

This project, funded under Jisc's Managing Research Data Programme, increased the data management and sharing capability of research hubs within the social sciences through support and training.

In this project the UK Data Archive worked with ESRC Research Centres and Programmes to expand the implementation of data management planning procedures, enable effective data management practices and increase individual and institutional data management and sharing capacity in research 'hubs'.

The project assessed existing practices and helped develop and implement through-the-lifecyle effective data management planning practices, including building capacity. Examples of effective data management practices and existing expertise from the UK Data Archive were used to develop best practice guidance and tools.

The longer-term aim of this project was to engage with challenging and sensitive aspects of archiving and sharing. This embraces: informed consent; confidentiality; the ethics of sharing; copyright; the implications of using secondary data; enhancing data; preservation formats; storage; security; and back-up. Ultimately, not only will debate and coordinating strategies on these issues improve the quality of data, they will also improve research training in the UK.

A number of training events were held with Centres and as part of the Jisc Programme during the 18-month period.

Archive contribution

The Research Data Management Support Services section of the UK Data Archive directed and managed this project as part of their wider remit to provide bespoke research data management support and training for social sciences researchers and research centres. ESRC were partners in this work and provided support for liaison with Centres and Programmes. The team worked closely with the following ESRC research centres and programmes:

Principal investigator:  Louise Corti
Funder:  JISC, ESRC
Dates:  January 2010 - May 2011
Contact:  Research Data Management
Links:  Report on data management practices in the social sciences
Managing and Sharing Data: best practice for researchers. Third edition.
ESRC-DMP Project Overview
Updated data management guidance on UK Data Service
Data Management Recommendations for Research Centres and Programmes report
Guidance for ESRC applicants and reviewers on data management planning to support the ESRC Research Data Policy
Contribution towards revision of ESRC Research Data Policy 2010
DMP-ESRC Progress report, 2010
Data Inventory Database
Data Management for Qualitative Data using NVivo9
Activity-based Data Management Costing Tool
Recommendations: strategies for research centres
ESRC-DMP project plan
Research data management blog
Past data management events
DMP-ESRC Final Report to JISC