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Research Data Management: Home

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



Data management planning and tools

Working with data

Working with your data

Managing your data throughout your project

Storing Data

Storing your data

How and where to store your data

Sharing Data

Sharing your data

How and when you can share your data

GDPR & Data

Data and the GDPR

What does the GDPR mean for your research data?

PhD & Data

Data and Your PhD

Why and how you should manage your data during your degree



Information on University and funder policies


Support & Training

Support offered by the Research Data Team


What is Data Management?

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.

To find data produced by researchers at the University of Southampton, please see our institutional data catalogue.


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Data @ Soton

Search for our datasets in our institutional repository

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.


Research Data Management Weekly Q&A

These  (term time) weekly Q&A sessions, run by our specialist research data librarians, are for any member of staff or postgraduate researcher with questions about data management, including data management plans for grant proposals and projects, data storage, post-project sharing of datasets

Postgraduate researchers should ensure they have completed, or almost completed, the Blackboard course on PGR Data Management Plans before attending.

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