Prior to the commencement of a project, you are encouraged to document your Research Data Management Plan. This will enable you to plan for the creation, storage and sharing of your research data.

A research data management plan ensures data security, accessibility and validation of results.

Research data management covers all phases of the research lifecycle. Protocols that relate to ownership, documentation, security, sharing and disposal of research data must be implemented throughout each stage of the research process.

To create your own Data Management Plan, follow the link below.

Create a Research Data Management Plan

Once you complete your research data management plan, you can email a copy to Records Management Services and your plan will be added to TRIM to comply with the UWA Code of Conduct for the Responsible Practice of Research.

For further assistance with research data management, please refer to the Research Data Management Toolkit

Research Data Lifecycle

Research Data Lifecycle


UWA Policy
image of person writingIt is recommended that researchers create a plan for each research project and retain a copy for their records.

UWA researchers who wish to comply with the above standards should consider storage and management of research data collected during the project in accordance with the policies of the University of Western Australia.

Section 3.7 of the UWA Code of Conduct for the Responsible Practice of Research refers to the management of research data and primary materials and states:

3.6 In all cases, The location and management arrangements for research data must be documented in a Data Management Plan stored in the University's records management system (TRIM).

3.7 Research data related to publications must be available for discussion with other researchers. The availability of such data must be recorded and managed through the UWA Research Repository. The six Creative Commons version 4.0 licenses recommended in AusGOAL are the preferred licenses to be used for Open Access. CC-BY is used wherever possible for sharing research data.

These guidelines should be seen as a framework for sound research practice and for the protection of individual research workers, including both staff and postgraduate research students, from possible misunderstandings.

Further information: Procedures for dealing with allegations of research misconduct.

Australian Research Council (ARC)
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Since February 2014, the Australian Research Council (ARC) has required researchers to outline how they plan to manage research data arising from ARC-funded research. This requirement forms part of the application process for funding under the National Competitive Grants Program. Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2018 —Instructions to Applicants states:


Outline plans for the management of data produced as a result of the proposed research, including but not limited to storage, access and re-use arrangements. It is not sufficient to state that the organisation has a data management policy. Researchers are encouraged to highlight specific plans for the management of their research data.

The2018 Discovery Programme Funding Rules state:

A11.5 Publication and Dissemination of Research Outputs and Research Data

A11.5.1 All ARC-funded research Projects must comply with the ARC Open Access Policy on the dissemination of research findings, which is on the ARC website. In accordance with this policy, any Research Outputs arising from a Project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a 12 month period from the date the Research Output was published or made publicly available. Where this requirement cannot be met, reasons must be provided in the Final Report for the Project. Research Output metadata must be made available in an institutional repository immediately upon publication. The ARC Project ID must be included in the metadata

A11.5.2 Researchers and institutions have an obligation to care for and maintain research data in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007). Researchers must outline briefly in their Proposal how they plan to manage research data arising from a Project. The ARC strongly encourages the depositing of data arising from a Project in an appropriate publicly accessible subject and/or institutional repository. Where appropriate, the Final Report must outline how data has been made publicly accessible.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2017 Funding Rules state:

9.3 Dissemination of Scientific Results (Open Access, Data Sharing and Intellectual Property)

The Australian Government makes a major investment in research to improve the wellbeing of our society. To maximise the benefits flowing from research, and to allow access by other researchers and the wider community, publications resulting from research activities must be disseminated as broadly as possible. NHMRC acknowledges that researchers take into account a wide range of factors in determining the best avenues for dissemination of findings and/or publications arising from their research.

Funding recipients must ensure that they comply with NHMRC policy on the dissemination of research findings, which is available on the NHMRC website under Dissemination of Research Findings.

Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research
image of the Cover Page of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of ResearchThe Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Universities Australia released the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research in 2007. The code expects researchers to document data management stages such as ownership, ethics, storage, data sharing and disposal. In order to receive NHMRC funding, researchers must comply with the code.

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