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Managing Research Data @MQ

Guidance on Management of Research Data at Macquarie University

We encourage you to complete the online orientation to Research Data Management via Workday/iLearn

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and skills required for effective research data management. It is a good starting point for you to learn about how you can safeguard and preserve your research data, apply good practice to your data management, and comply with the Research Data Management Policy & Procedure.

The Research Data Management Policy suite underpins a comprehensive set of expected practices at Macquarie University for managing data across the research lifecycle. The suite includes:

A Data Management Plan (DMP) articulates how research data will be handled throughout the data lifecycle. Beginning in mid-2021, some researchers will be required to lodge DMPs online. This requirement will be progressively released to different cohorts. Refer to the following:

The following are key sources of information regarding best practice and the expectations about research data management. Some resources are referred to in this guide, or support the principles or responsibilities outlined in the Management of Data and Information in Research guide issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia, 2019 include:

Australian Government Research Ethics and Research Integrity Guidelines:
Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC; formerly Research Data Australia):
Creative Commons:
European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP):
Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data:
Five Safes
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Transparency and Openness