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Research Common @ Red Deer Polytechnic

Information on conducting original research and on the supports available for research at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Research Data Management

Research data management "refers to the storage, access and preservation of data produced from a given investigation. Data management practices cover the entire lifecyle of the data, from planning the investigation to conducting it, and from backing up data as it is created and used to long term preservation..." Read more...

Good research data management practices help protect against data loss, help you comply with funder and publisher policies, and can increase the visibility of your work. Here are some resources to get you started thinking about research data management:

Research Data Management Plans

Research data management plans "set out how you will organize, store and share your research data at each stage in your project." Read more...

Here are some resources to help you create a research data management plan:

Sensitive Data Toolkit for Researchers, from the Portage Network Sensitive Data Expert Group

The Sensitive Data Expert Group of the Portage Network has create a suite of tools for Canadian researchers. These tools have been created to help researchers understand how research data is involved in the research ethics process, and to address the evolution of research data management (RDM) practices such as data sharing and deposit in the context of existing research ethics frameworks.

Data Security

One aspect of ethical research that requires particular attention is secure storage of data. If your data is in paper or some other physical format, the Research Ethics Board recommends that you keep it in a locked file cabinet in a locked office or other secure location. If your data is digital, the Research Ethics Board recommends that you store it on a password-protected and/or encrypted drive or USB stick.

Following are some resources to get you started if you've never password-protected a USB stick: