Research Data Management (RDM) concerns the proper handling of data throughout the entire research lifecycle, from project planning through to the collection, processing and dissemination of data and the archiving of results.
Adopting sound RDM practices will help to:
- Enhance data security, by minimizing the risk of loss, theft or misuse of data
- Increase research efficiency
- Promote wider dissemination and increased impact of results
- Ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards, in particular with privacy-sensitive data
- Ensure data preservation and access over longer periods of time (at least 10 years), even in cases where researchers leave the university
Good data stewardship is one of the prime responsibilities of a professional research organization. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has adopted a university-wide data management policy, supplemented with faculty-specific policies.
Research Data Management Policy of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam School of Business and Economics
Research Data Management tools
Data management is a multi-faceted concept; when working with Research Data, there are many different aspects to consider. Before you start with your research project, you can register your project with the SBE Research Office through the pre-Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) form. The SBE Research Office will screen your project plan, and will provide advice where needed.
See the RDM road map for the subsequent steps -
What are research data?
Research data include any materials or information sources that were collected, processed and/or analyzed in order to support or describe research findings. Data exist in a wide variety of digital and non-digital formats. These include, but are not limited to:
- Text files, notes, spreadsheets
- Surveys, statistics, transcripts, code books, log books, lab books
- Video recordings, audio tapes, photographs, films, sketchbooks
- Observational data
- (Computational) models, algorithms, scripts, software, test responses
- Databases from secondary sources
- Physical objects, such as samples and specimens
SBE also fosters the concepts of open access, open data, and reproducibility (which requires a much higher level of standardization and user-friendly documentation of research output). These additional concepts, however, are not part of RDM policy.