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This information offers help with managing digital and non-digital research data for all disciplines.

Our how-to guides provide guidance to plan ahead for data management and give you advice on how to meet funders' expectations. 

What are research data?

Research data are the original sources or material that you have created or collated to conduct your research project. The response to your research question is based on the analysis of these research data. 

What is Research Data Management?

Research Data Management covers all of the decisions made during the research lifecycle to handle research data, from the planning stage of your project up to the long-term preservation of your data. Good data management practices are essential to meet UCL standards of research integrity. Planning ahead for Research Data Management helps you to ensure data quality, minimise risks, save time and comply with legal, ethical, institutional and funders' requirements.

How-to guides

Our guides are designed to mirror the lifecycle of your research project. They provide support at its various stages.