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Research Data Management (RDM) and data management plan guidance

Research data takes many forms, ranging from measurements, numbers and images to documents and publications. It is important to manage your data correctly from the start so you can save a lot of time and hassle at the end of a project.

Many research funders require data management plans as part of funding applications.

The University's Open Data team has prepared comprehensive guidance to help you plan, create, organise, share, and look after your research materials. They also deliver regular training sessions and workshops on research data management in locations around the University, and can provide one-to-one training.

Researchers are increasingly developing data management tools that can help you to keep track of and analyse your research data, for example; please see the Related links menu.

The Chemistry Library delivers research data management training to Chemistry postgraduate students and post-docs/PIs. Please see our Induction and training page for further information and to book a place.


Department data storage

The Department Computing Service can help with data storage at the Department.


Research data storage at the University

UIS (University Information Services) offers research storage services for different use cases. There are services if you want to store:  

  • active research data that is backed up 

  • active research data where you don’t need backups 

  • sensitive or confidential research data 

  • research data that is no longer active, but must be kept for a long time 

  • research data for publication 


Cloud-based file storage solutions

UIS (University Information Services) currently offers three third-party cloud-based data storage services for individuals that you can associate with your @cam email address: OneDrive for Business, G Drive and Dropbox Business. You can compare them all on the UIS website.


Electronic Research Notebooks (ERNs)

The Electronic Research Notebooks website, created by the Research Data team at the Office of Scholarly Communication, contains information that will help you think about the different features of electronic notebooks and gives guidance on how to pick one that suits you. Preface/disclaimer: There is no perfect product!


Open Research at the University

Open Research Position Statement

The University of Cambridge Open Research Position Statement summarises the University’s approach to Open Research. It sets out key principles for the conduct and support of Open Research at the University.