Creating your data

Creating your data

There are lots of decisions to make before you start to create your data. Making these choices early on in your project can save you time and effort later, and many funders now expect you to show you’ve engaged in data planning.  The decisions will affect how you can access, use and look after your data.

Bidding for funding
Data planning
Choosing file formats and software
Intellectual property rights
Data protection and ethics
Freedom of information

Bidding for funding

Good research data management starts even before you submit your bid for funding.  There is a lot of assistance with bidding available at the University - read our guide to who can help you and get your project off to a good start.  

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Data planning

 Funders increasingly expect to see data plans within grant proposals, covering:

  • What data will be created?
  • How will the data be documented and described?
  • How you will manage ethics and Intellectual Property?
  • What are the plans for data sharing and access?
  • What is the strategy for long-term preservation and sustainability?

    Our data planning guide offers tips on what to cover and who can help you develop your plan.

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    Choosing file formats

    The formats you work with to collect the data should be determined by:

    • how you plan to analyse your data;
    • what software is compatible with the hardware that you have available;
    • whether you have funding for new software for the job;
    • and discipline-specific norms (and the associated peer-to-peer support that comes with them).

    Our file format guide helps you decide which file formats and software are best for your needs.

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    Intellectual property rights

    IPR gives the creator or owner of an idea (or research output) the right to control the exploitation of that work. IP ownership differs depending on whether you're a student or staff member:

    Our IPR guide will help you determine ownership and understand how rights affect your research.

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    Data protection & ethics

    If you are working with people for your research project then you have a duty to ensure that any data you gather and subsequently use is handled correctly.

    The University requires ethical review of all non-clinical research involving human subjects, whether undertaken by University staff, students or by external researchers using our facilities or participants.

    Our guide to data protection and research ethics covers consent and how this affects the storage of data and publication of results.

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    Freedom of information

    Freedom of information legislation must be complied with, and FoI requests need to be dealt with in 20 days from receipt.  Read our quick guidance if you want to know more, or if you have received an FoI request.  Also, contact the Freedom of Information office as soon as you receive a request.  Don't panic - help is available!

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