Research data management

We offer advice and training to help researchers deal efficiently with research data, and to aid them in meeting the requirements of their funding bodies and the University of Oxford’s Policy on the Management of Research Data and Records.

Areas the Research Support team can help with include:

  • Writing a data management plan
  • Choosing appropriate software or other technologies to manage data
  • Selecting storage and back-up options
  • Planning for long term data curation
  • Planning for data sharing
  • Using the Online Research Database Service

Data management has become increasingly high profile in recent years, as it becomes widely recognized that research data is a valuable resource in its own right. Good data management practice can help to make the research process more efficient and less frustrating, and can minimize worries about data loss. By making research more easily reproducible, it can also help ensure research integrity. Making data publicly available at the end of a project (now required by many funding bodies) allows re-use and thus helps maximize the value of the research.

Advice and support

Researchers with queries about research data management are welcome to contact us by emailing

To provide ongoing tailored support for research projects, members of the Research Support team working in collaboration with the Bodleian Data Librarian launched a Research Data Management Mentoring Programme in Trinity Term 2014.

Members of the Research Support team also contribute to the University’s cross-departmental research data management work, including helping to maintain the Research Data Oxford website.

Training courses and events

See the course listings page for details of currently scheduled events, and for slides and handouts from past courses.

We can offer a variety of types of event, including:

Introduction to research data management

Introduction to research data management

We can provide variations on the above or bespoke events for departments or research groups (please note that the IT Services daily recharge rate may apply).

We are always happy to receive enquiries: if you would like someone to facilitate an event like those described above, please contact us at

Training resources

We make many of our training materials – slideshows, teaching notes, and accompanying handouts – available for re-use and adaptation. Please see the separate training resources page.

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