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.

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