Manage your research data

Research data is all data arising as a result of a research project. This includes raw data, analysed data, and also data which arise during the course of research which is later translated into another form or destroyed, such as audio and video recordings.

Data can take many forms, including paper and electronic records, recordings, or products arising from the research

Effectively sharing and managing your research data can increase its visibility (and consequently the visibility of your research), ensuring the full potential of your research is exploited. This can then provide a growing resource for further research, education and training.

This guidance provides best-practice advice on managing your research data throughout the lifecycle of your project.  The UWE Bristol project manager allocated to your project is responsible for the management of all research data collected during a project. Please refer to the UWE Bristol Data Management Policy when planning any research project.

Planning your project

Guidance on the data management policies for various funding bodies including EPSRC and other research councils. Information on data planning, intellectual property rights, data protection, and ethics.

Working with your research data

Guidance on organising and naming files, version control, documenting your work, storing and backing up your data, and working with project partners.

Preserving and disposing of your research data

Guidance on maintaining your data over time, archiving, selection for retention or disposal, using digital repositories and open access. Advice on where to deposit data for long term preservation and how to write a data access statement within research publications.

UWE Bristol contacts

People supporting research and research data management.

External advice

Guidance from the Digital Curation Centre on locating reusable data and general advice on the curation and management of research data including a useful video on how to manage your research data.


These guidance pages have been adapted from material provided by the University of Cambridge, University of Glasgow, University of Bristol, University of Bath,  the University of Edinburgh, Northumbria University, MIT, the University of Leicester, the Digital Curation Centre and the UK Data Archive. Thanks are offered to these organisations accordingly. 

(Materials created by the UWE Bristol JISC MRD project are re-useable via a Creative Commons license: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 UK)

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