Research Data Management (RDM) is “The storage of, access to and preservation of data produced from one or more investigations, or from a program of research. Research data management practices cover the entire lifecycle of the data, from planning the investigation to conducting it, and from backing up data as it is created and used to preserving data for the long term after the research has concluded. It also includes data-sharing, where applicable” (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2021).
The data produced by research is valuable and steps should be taken for its protection, preservation, and (when appropriate) sharing. RDM has many benefits for researchers, funders, and the public by ensuring research is transparent, ethical, and has greater impact.
As a Tri-Agency eligible institution, Aurora College is committed to supporting its researchers to incorporate RDM into their research activities. The following strategy outlines our goals to formalize RDM practices and create robust supports to ensure that our institution maintains a high standard of research excellence.
This strategy is a living document that will change as the institution, RDM practices, and Tri-Agency requirements evolve. As such, it should be considered a draft guide rather than a finalized plan. Feedback and suggestions from the College community and our partners is welcome and can be emailed to RDM@auroracollege.nt.ca.