Research Data Management

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Research Data Management (RDM) is a process that you can apply throughout the lifecycle of your research project to guide the collection, documentation, storage, sharing, and preservation of research data. As a part of conducting responsible research, it is important that researchers integrate RDM practices to ensure the broader research community can derive maximum value from the research data.

RDM involves the following:

  1. Creating a data management plan (DMP)
  2. Managing data during the research process
  3. Managing data after the research process

Tri-agency RDM policy

The Government of Canada’s Tri-Agency RDM Policy aims to support Canadian research excellence by promoting sound data management and data stewardship. It was developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in consultation with stakeholders.

U of G RDM policy

As required by the Tri-Agency RDM Policy, all post-secondary institutions eligible to administer CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC funds are required to create an institutional RDM strategy by March 1, 2023. U of G’s strategy was developed by the University of Guelph Research Data Management Strategy Working Group.

Get assistance

We can support researchers including students by:

  • Helping you develop a sound data management strategy
  • Reviewing and critiquing your data management plan
  • Helping you to preserve and share your data in one of the U of G’s research data repositories

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Services for faculty and instructors

Connect with us to discuss any of the topics above.

We can support your students by:

  • Providing in-class workshops on any of the topics listed above.


We provide one Research Data Management workshop offered semesterly. In this workshop, you will learn best practices to manage your data during the life of your research project and beyond.

  • Ensure your data is preserved and protected from loss, corruption, and inadvertent exposure to people who shouldn't have access to it.
  • Learn how to properly document your data to ensure you and other researchers will interpret it correctly.
  • Learn to organize and version data files that change over time.
  • Learn how and why you can make your data available for use by other scholars.
  • Ensure your data will adhere to the requirements of funders and publishers.

Refer to the library workshops calendar to see when this workshop is offered next.

Library staff also offer workshops on a variety of related topics. You can browse all library workshop descriptions, including the Data Skills Workshops Series descriptions, or register for an upcoming workshop.

Questions? Contact us.

Upcoming workshops

We offer a variety of workshops to support your scholarship through the Open Scholarship workshop series.

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