Maintaining accurate and appropriate records of research is an essential
component of the process for any research project. Such records are
necessary to support and substantiate findings, to protect intellectual
property rights, to facilitate management of the research program by the
University, and to ensure compliance with federal regulations and University
policies. Over the last decade, many funders and publishers have begun to
require that the data underlying published findings are made publicly
available, when appropriate. In an increasingly complex research
environment, these changing expectations are putting heavier demands on
researchers. The purpose of this document is to provide researchers with
clear guidance about best practices for managing their research data in a
rapidly changing digital environment. This guidance can serve as a tool for
fostering discussion of data management issues and strategies within teams.
It can also facilitate discussion of needs and solutions between research
teams and the system administrators of research storage and computing
This guidance builds upon existing university policies such as DM-01 and DM-02 to describe clear expectations for the management of research
data at IU. It was developed in consultation with the University Information
Policy Office, Office of Research Compliance, the University Data Stewards,
as well as others engaged in research support at IU.
Contact Heather Coates, University Data Steward, for Research Data, firstname.lastname@example.org questions or feedback related to the IU Research Data Management Guidance document and operational Data Management Plan template.