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Research data management

How we create, store and share research data

Our University-wide approach to research data management provides researchers with the tools and support to do their best possible research. 

We are investing in technologies that enhance collaboration and streamline collecting, managing, storing and sharing data to increase the visibility and impact of our research. 

The University’s approach to research data management brings together researchers, students and our expert support teams.

Through an iterative approach we are continually building our expertise and capacity to ensure our researchers have access to state-of-the-art technologies and training.

The University has an outstanding research community and our research data is broad – from music scores to MRI scans, archaeological substances to molecular sequences, and clinical measurements to language recordings."
Research Data Steward, Gareth Denyer

Innovative data tools

The University has a suite of cutting-edge tools to keep our researchers and students at the forefront of data management technologies and compliant with best practice. 

eNotebooks

The University was the first Australian university to provide a site-wide Electronic Notebook (eN).  This fosters best practice in data curation, intellectual property management and collaboration.  The eN is available to all academic staff and their collaborators, and is used in undergraduate classes.

Research Data Management Planning tool

This online tool helps researchers think actively about research data management and how it applies to their project. It also helps researchers ensure they are compliant with privacy and funder requirements.

Research Data Store

All University researchers have full access to secure data storage which they can access across the entire University network and which integrates with High Performance Computing facilities.

Discipline repositories

Researchers have access to a number of data repositories hosted by the University and partnering organisations:

Core research facilities

Our investment in high-end research infrastructure and services provides access to state-of-the-art capabilities. Find out more about our research facilities.

Sydney eScholarship

Sydney eScholarship is an institutional repository that serves as an open access publishing and long-term preservation platform for the University’s research outputs, including research data. Sydney eScholarship is built upon the University of Sydney Library's recognised expertise in creating, archiving, managing, publishing and providing access to digital content, working in partnership with other University services.

The Library’s Research Data team provides support for researchers throughout the research lifecycle with a suite of in-house specialised services including the University's Research Data Management Guidelines.

Expert support teams

Our expert teams work together to provide support for our researchers and build the University’s capacity to manage, share and preserve data.

Library

The Library’s Research Data team provides support for researchers throughout the research lifecycle with a suite of in-house specialised services. They also connect researchers to distributed research data support services across the University.

They offer expert guidance and project-specific consultations on various aspects of research data management, including:

  • advice and consultations on describing, organising, analysing, visualising, storing, and sharing research data
  • training and workshops for staff and students on research data management best practice
  • access to resources such as data storage, online guidance and publishing platforms

Information and Communications Technology

ICT provides information technology services that support researchers throughout the research lifecycle  - from data collection through to publishing and sharing.

Research portfolio

The University of Sydney was the first institution in Australia to appoint a Research Data Steward. This role connects researchers with data management tools, current policy and best practice. They act as a conduit between the research community and the institutional leadership and oversee the University’s research data management strategy.