Discarding of research data
It is not always possible or desirable to preserve all research data. If a data management plan was created at the start of a project, it should be clear which data is to be retained, because of regulatory or funder requirements for instance, and what should be discarded.
Reasons for discarding research data could include:
- Regulatory frameworks which require the discarding of data.
- Data not being core to a project, or not underpinning a research output.
- Data being no longer useful.
- Making valuable data easier to find.
- Making effective use of available storage for data with a long term value.
The University's Waste and Resources Team should be contacted for guidance on how to securely dispose of hard copy, electronic, and confidential research data.