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Research Data Management

What is research data management (RDM)?

Research data management (RDM) means description, organization, storage, preservation, and sharing of data collected and used in a research project. This guide is intended to give an overview of the practices and process of managing your research data.

Effective and responsible RDM is an integral part and essential requirement of good scientific practices and research skills. Hanken students and researchers are responsible for complying with Hanken's ethical guidelines and good data management practices in accordance with relevant legislations and research integrity. Departments and principal investigators ought to familiarize students and research staff with good data management practices. See Instructions for supervisors.

Follow the flowcharts or stages outlined in Data management processes at Hanken. The instructions and templates in each stage offer students and researchers, respectively, guidance that you can trace and complete the whole data management process.

What are research data and why manage your data?

Research data can be any material a research project uses and produces as the basis for research findings from the starting (hypothesis, research questions) to the concluding (research outputs) point of the research, in either physical or digital form. 

Digital datasets generated, processed, and used in scientific research can be:

  • data collected by various methods (such as surveys, interviews, video recordings, images),
  • data produced during the research (such as analysis results),
  • research sources reused (such as open archived data, commercial databases),
  • source code and software, and
  • information describing the context, contents and structure of the data (readme files and metadata).

Benefits of managing research data include:

  • Well-managed and documented data make it easier to write research results for publications.
  • Making it easier to find, understand, cite, and reuse your data to increase the impact of your research.
  • Enabling the sharing of data within and across disciplines, facilitating collaboration and promoting new discoveries.
  • Meeting funders' requirements and journal data policies.
  • Comply with data protection legislation and agree upon data ownership and rights.
  • Archiving and preserving your data in the long term.
  • Saving time and resources.
  • Supporting open science.

Help and support

Help and support for research data management is a network of staff from Hanken's Library, Research services, Data protection officer (DPO), legal support, and  IT services.

If you have questions about ethical and legal matters concerning data security, data protection and IPR issues, writing and updating your Data management plan (DMP), data storage, backup, and transferral, metadata creation, data archival and preservation, please contact

We also provide trainings to support you to complete various RDM tasks throughout your research lifecycle. Trainings are offered both as part of studies and as staff training. More information, see Courses and workshops.

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