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Managing and Sharing Research Data
A Guide to Good Practice



© 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Research funders in the UK, USA and across Europe are implementing data management and sharing policies to maximize openness of data, transparency and accountability of the research they support. Written by experts from the UK Data Archive with over 20 years experience, this book gives post-graduate students, researchers and research support staff the data management skills required in today’s changing research environment.

The book features guidance on:
  • how to plan your research using a data management checklist
  • how to format and organize data
  • how to store and transfer data
  • research ethics and privacy in data sharing and intellectual property rights
  • data strategies for collaborative research
  • how to publish and cite data
  • how to make use of other people’s research data, illustrated with six real-life case studies of data use.  
 
The importance of managing and sharing research data
 
The research data lifecycle
 
Research Data Management Planning
 
Documenting and Providing Context for Data
 
Formatting and organizing data
 
Storing and Transferring Data
 
Legal and ethical issues in sharing data
 
Rights Relating to Research Data
 
Collaborative Research: Data Management Strategies for Research Teams and Research Managers
 
Making Use of Other People's Research Data: Opportunities and Limitations
 
Publishing and Citing Research Data
 
Conclusion

The authors state: "This book contains up-to-date, easy-to-digest information about managing and sharing research data”. They are true to their word. The book is aimed at researchers at all levels, from novice Masters or PhD student to experienced professors or research group leaders; and for rapidly increasing group of research support staff. I belong to latter category after many years as a researcher. After having written an RDM policy at our institution I was asked, together with our RDM librarian, to work out workshops for PhD students and later for faculty. Although I found a lot of information through websites, conferences, the book was an excellent tool since it follows the logical steps of many data management plans. It provides to-the-point guidance, with extra exercises and real-life examples that are easy to transfer to a classroom. I particularly liked the no-nonsense approach vis-a-vis the objections many researchers may have towards sharing data or eventually Open Data, but also towards the sometimes simplistic call for Open Data. The authors point out the many issues involved in the latter and give insight in why opening up (all) data is not always a feasible option. At the same time they provide the practical ways in which the motto "as open as possible, as closed as necessary" can be put into practice.

Dr Hannelore Vanhaverbeke
Curriculum , Catholic University of Leuven
December 9, 2016

This book gives an outlook of data related activities any academic researcher. I find the book very helpful for student to get aware of how they manage, store, share and publish their work. The book is well structured and offers different perspectives on ICT-rich environmennt, data management tools planning, ethics and collaborative research and much more. I am very exited about this book and also the book offers a webpage http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/manage-data/handbook for additional resources. I use this book throughout my courses and recommend it to my students

Mr Roland Hachmann
Education , Univerity of Southern Denmark
October 11, 2016

Does not match with the requirements of my new course on Research Organisation and Management, being developed for new PG students.

Professor Richard Howard McClatchey
Fac of Comp, Engineering & Math Sci's, University of The West of England
September 28, 2016

A readable text containing much useful information.
A good supplement to core texts and lectures.

Dr Adrian Hunnisett
Research, McTimoney College of Chiropractic
June 4, 2015

After reviewing this text I was unsure of its place in our current course so did not feel able to adopt it currently.

Mr Ian Michael McGonagle
Health , Lincoln University
May 12, 2015

I found this book is a useful reading, especially for researchers who are still adapting to new strategies and rules for data gathering in the digital world. Its contents are well organised and clearly exposed, and tables and figures are very helpful. Case studies and exercises designed for each topic are very useful as well as are references at the end of every chapter, leaving clues to further explore each subject. I found especially interesting chapters 7 and 8 insofar as they address crucial aspects, which have gained a renewed interest in the digital research environment, such as legal and ethic issues.

Miss Sandra Marinho
Communication Sciences, University of Minho
May 11, 2015

Clearly set out, very useful for our students.

Mrs Alicia James
Community Studies, Truro & Penwith College
March 30, 2015

an essential text for all researchers, accessible and interesting.

Dr Liane Purnell
Department of Education, Newman University
March 13, 2015

This is recommended for the MA Narrative & Interactive Arts at NTU in the school of Art and Design.

Ms Deborah Tuck
School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University
March 5, 2015

A really practical book, with some very valuable information about the legal framework.

Dr Bonnie Meekums
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
March 2, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two: The Research Data Lifecycle


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