Datamanagement for researchers

Research data are the raw materials of almost every research project. Collected data are valuable and require careful documentation, management, and archiving. The Standard Evaluation Protocol 2015-2021 promotes the handling and storing of raw and processed data with care and integrity. Funders and publishers, too, are imposing strict requirements regarding research data planning, management, and accessibility.

The University Library actively supports researchers and faculties in setting up guidelines and procedures for data management. In collaboration with the IT department, the Library also offers support on technical aspects.

Research Data at VUnet website

The University Library offers a dedicated website at VUnet (log in with VU-net-id) with all the information researchers need. Here, employees will find templates for writing a data management plan, guidelines on data anonymization, facilities for data archiving and data analysis at the university, and much more.

A LibGuide on Data Management is available in case you are not aware of current developments.

GPDRand key privacy rules
Check VUnet for the ten main rules from the GDPR that apply to scientific research.

Guidelines for information security
An important part of doing research is handling research data that includes sensitive information. As a researcher, you are expected to be proactive in the protection of your data. To help understand when and how to use the most effective and efficient methods for storing and analyzing sensitive research data, the CIO Office of the IT department has published a document with guidelines. In this document you can find for instance information about classifying your data, storing your data and keeping your data safe when travelling. On VUnet you can find more information about safe storage and sharing of data.
See: Guidelines for information security (VUnet: for employees only)