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Research data management

Research data management is central to the research process, and well-thought-out and planned management is a requirement for open research data. There are several factors to bear in mind before, during, and after your research project. Library of Science has put together the following resources to help you plan how to manage your research data.

A person working in a laboratory. Photo: Kennet Ruona.

What is research data?

Research data is any research material you create or gather for analysis for a scientific purpose. It may take many forms, ranging from results from experiments or simulations, measurements, models, and software to fieldwork observations, survey results, interview data, and photographs or other images. Data can be analogue or digital.

Legislation and research funders’ expectations

The management of research data is governed by Swedish legislation and the expectations of research funders, publishers, and journals. Click on the links below for information on requirements for open research data and data management plans and on how to create a data management plan for your research project.

Requirements for open research data and data management plans

Create a data management plan

Manage and describe research data correctly

Good data management and well-described data is good scientific practice. There are a variety of decisions to be made.


Kurt Mattsson
kurt [dot] mattsson [at] science [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 79 063 08 23

Thomas Tengelin Nyström
thomas [dot] tengelin_nystrom [at] science [dot] lu [dot] se (thomas[dot]tengelin_nystrom[at]science[dot]lu[dot]se)
Phone: +46 72 08 49 804