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Data management is a general term covering how you organise, structure, store and care for the data used or generated during the lifetime of a research project. A useful overview can be found in these slides:

Research Data Management (RDM) and Research Data Service

The University of Edinburgh Research Data Management Service includes:


  • DMPonline
    Free and open web-based tool to help researchers write data plans
  • DataStore
    To store data in active use
  • DataSync
    'Dropbox-like’ file-hosting service for non-sensitive data
  • DataShare
    Edinburgh DataShare is the University’s OA multi-disciplinary data repository run by the Research Data Service
  • DataVault
    Provides a long-term, low-cost, immutable, and safe storage solution for your research data, which is no longer active or not intended for publication.
  • PURE datasets
    Pure is the University's Current Research System which provides a data catalogue and is used to populate Edinburgh Research Explorer

The links below explain in more detail what data storage options are available:

Central Data Storage
IS Summary of Data Storage Options
This gives a summary in table format of each option - what it's for, where the data is stored, suitability for sensitive data, who can use it, collaboration options and storage quota/size limitations.

Information on support for researchers within the School of Informatics can be found here:

Support for Researchers within Informatics

There are also options to keep in touch with other researchers within the University and training material should you feel it would be useful:

Research Data Policy
IS Research Data Service
Research Data Blog
Research Data Service Training
Research Data Management and Sharing - Learn Course
Research Data Management Forum Mailing List
Research Data Management SharePoint Site

Last reviewed: 
07/06/2021

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