At it’s the start of the year, it’s a good time to give a quick update on how the Library can help you manage your research data.


1. Research Outputs team. Within the Library’s RO team, Dr Gary Pike (Research Data Officer) and Dr Emily Davey (Research Outputs Manager) can provide guidance and help on all aspects of research data management. Email us –

2. Online template for creating data management plans. The DMPOnline template is a free online template (below), which all staff and PhD students can use. It has a version for all major external funders, plus a generic version for all other staff and PhD students at Portsmouth.  The template contains advice and help. Data management plans written using the template can be exported as a Word Document or PDF, enabling them to be incorporated into other documents, such as PhD theses and grant applications.


3. Research Data Check list. If you’re after a 1 page check list of all the areas you need to consider, this is it!

4. Sharing your research data.  It’s both the University and funder policy that you publicly share your research data at the end of your project, unless there’s an ethical, contractual and legal restriction.  We can help you share your data and make it open access, including advising you on the most suitable online repository to share data to ensure to gets maximum usage, and resolving technical issues, such as licencing, file formats and metadata.  More information on sharing your data.


5. Finding other people’s data to re-use. Due to the international shift towards sharing research data, there’s now a lot more data available for your re-analyse and incorporate into your own work. We can help you find existing datasets to reuse.


6. Review service. We offer a review service for data management plans being submitted as part of funding applications.


Additionally, the Library can also help with technical issues, such as file size and types, creating DOIs, metadata, licencing and copyright questions, data journals, the list is endless!

You may also like to look at our research data website or get in contact –   or follow us on Twitter.