Creating a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) helps meet funder requirements and University policy, and gets you to actively think about research data management and how it applies to your project. An RDMP will prompt you to consider what research data you will produce, how much data you will generate, where your data should be stored, whether there will be any ethical or privacy issues with your data, how long you will have to keep your data, and what you will do with your data after the project. Completing an RDMP can help to avoid later questions about ownership and authorship, and save you time when it comes to publishing your data.
Throughout your project, the Lead Chief Investigator (LCI) should access and edit the RDMP using the online tool to make sure all information in the RDMP is kept up to date and is correct. If the RDMP has associated access to the RDS or HPC, the LCI can update the contributors list on the RDMP to grant and revoke individual researchers’ access to the RDS and HPC.
Use the online RDMP tool to submit a research data management plan.
Contact the Research Data team for enquiries or assistance in completing an RDMP.
Before you start
The RDMP checklist
- If you are unsure how to get started with your Research Data Management Plan, use the RDMP checklist to see what you should be thinking about in regard to your research data. The checklist will take you through a series of questions to help you think critically about your data. After you have completed the checklist, you should submit an RDMP using the online RDMP tool as per the Research Data Management Policy, 2014 and the Research Data Management Procedures, 2015. You can attach a copy of the checklist to your RDMP in the 'Uploads' section.
Lead Chief Investigators
Lead Chief Investigators (LCI) must have a HR appointment of ‘Academic staff’ and need to have an active Academic Profile on the University website to be verified in the RDMP. Academic Profiles include information about individual academics such as grants, publications and other achievements. If you are eligible for an Academic Profile but don’t yet have one, please contact your faculty’s Academic Profile contact.
Honours, Masters and PhD students should list their supervisor as the Lead Chief Investigator on their RDMP.
If you are an Honours, Masters or PhD student, list your supervisor as your Lead Chief Investigator on the RDMP. Your supervisor will then have to review and approve the RDMP before it’s sent to the Research Data team for final approval.
If external collaborators need to be listed on the RDMP and/or access the RDS or HPC they will need to have a valid UniKey. To request the creation of a UniKey, please go to ICT self service and navigate to the form: ICT Services › UniKey and account management › UniKey - New Account.
All external collaborators must be notified when they are added to an RDMP.
Once you submit an RDMP, it will go to your LCI for approval (this step is skipped if it is the LCI submitting the plan). After the LCI has approved the plan, it will go to the Research Data team for approval, then you should receive an email notifying you that the RDMP has been approved. You will also receive a notification if your RDMP is rejected by your LCI or the Research Data team.
If you apply for access to the RDS and/or HPC, you will receive emails from ICT about this within 1 hour (RDS) or 2 business days (HPC).
If you have trouble submitting your RDMP we would first suggest saving your work then trying a different browser. If you are having problems submitting as the Lead Chief Investigator you can try removing your name from the contributors list and then adding your name back in.
Check the Library’s Ask Us Now database for FAQs and guidance in submitting or updating your RDMP, or contact the Research Data team.