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Research Data Management: Home

Guidance and support to staff, researchers and students at the University of Southampton

What's new

All new PhD students have to complete a Data Management Plan in their first year.  See our new guide to help you write yours!

Requesting a DOI

We can register a DOI for your dataset through DataCite - this gives a persistent link and can make it easier to cite.

For more details see our DOI for data page.


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What is Data Management?

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Data management is about good research practice, it is an essential building block for good research.  It should be part of your everyday processes. 

Basic principles, such as file naming and version control, will help you locate and understand your data. 

Data management will help you collate data that underpins your work in a way that allows it to be used with confidence, both now and in the future.  

Ultimately, well managed data can add to the credit you receive and impact of your research alongside other research outputs.

What do you need to do?

The University of Southampton Research Data Management Policy requires that all significant research data is kept for ten years after publication of results or last accessed, whichever is longer.

DMPOnline plansYour research funder may also require that you make you underlying data available. See our funder guidance for more details.

When you start planning your research, you should plan for how you are going to create, handle and store your data. We have a  Top 10 Checklist  to help you plan and Southampton-specfic guidance on DMPOnline. 

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Working with your data

How plan for and describe your data to help you during your research and enable future reuse.

Sharing your data

Guidance on sharing your data, licences and why and when you may need to restrict access to your data.

Storing, retaining and destroying data

Storing your data

Information on storage including back-up, retention including deposit,  and destruction of data. Guidance on how to deposit your data in the University Institutional Repository and request a DOI.

How can the Library help you?

The Research Engagement librarians can help you through the research data lifecycle. Email us on