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Research Data Management (RDM)

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.

Cloud-based file storage solutions

The Department of Chemistry offers a service called Chembox which can help you share files. Chembox is a file hosting and synchronization service similar to Dropbox. Each user will be given a 10 GB space quota, where they can store files that they wish to share with fellow group members or external collaborators. Chembox uses ownCloud, which has a number of sync-clients available for different platforms. For more information, please visit the relevant page on the IT website.

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

  • All staff and students of the University can get 1TB of cloud-based file storage space for your work and personal files via the OneDrive for Business solution.
  • You can save 50% on a Dropbox Business subscription if you purchase through the University. This gives you unlimited storage. 
  • Google Drive is part of the G Suite @ Cambridge service. It gives each member of the University free, unlimited cloud-based file storage that has an individual file size limit of 5TB. 

Trial of ELNs (Electronic Lab Notebooks) in the University early in 2017

A survey in the School of Biological Sciences showed that 80% of researchers would like to switch to using an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN). Later in the year there was a trial of several products, to investigate the possibility of deployment (or recommendation) of a product for use at campus, School or departmental level.

However, the results of this trial confirmed that in Cambridge, even within a single department, the diversity of research interests, workflows and individual preferences makes it practically impossible to identify a single product that would suit everyone.

The Office of Scholarly Communication will soon publish a report with more detail about the trial process and results, but for now two resources are available: 

  1. Guidance Page with general information about ELNs, and some tips to help you identify the right product for you
  2. Discussion Forum where it is hoped current users can share information and experiences, and prospective users can ask for specific advice

Open Research at the University

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. The Statement can be found here: https://osc.cam.ac.uk/open-research/open-research-position-statement.