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Research Data Management Toolkit

This guide provides information about research data management and the Research Data JCU platform

Why Managing your Data and Information is Important

Good practice in the governance of data and information enables future researchers to publish, share, cite and reuse the data and information.  A lack of governance however, could expose JCU and its researchers to unwanted risks and may lead to loss, corruption or the improper use of these resources. 

Good governance involves creating and implementing processes to protect and get the most benefit from data and information. The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research outlines the broad principles and responsibilities that characterise good governance and build an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture. The Australian Code is supported by a suite of eight (8) guides to assist institutions and researchers adhere to the Code.

As part of its responsibilities under the Australian Code, JCU has implemented its own Research Code, and suite of supporting procedures to ensure compliance: 

The following diagram provides an overview of the relationship between the Australian Code and JCU’s procedures:  

flowchart illustrating relationships between national research guides and JCU procedures

(Source: Catherine Randalls, Manager, Research Data Services, eResearch Centre, JCU.)

Research Assets

A Research Asset is any data and information that supports the integrity of the research output (e.g. thesis, publication, etc). These assets allow research findings to be validated and have long-term value as a potential resource for future research and teaching. They are considered strategic assets of JCU and their management and use are critical to the University.

The following is a diagram of the lifecycle of a research asset:

(Source: Catherine Randalls, Manager, Research Data Services, eResearch Centre, JCU.)

diagram of a research asset lifecycle

Breaches of the Code

A breach is defined as a failure to meet the principles and responsibilities of JCU's Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research Policy (Research Code).

Breaches may include, but are not limited to:

  • falsification of research data and information;
  • fabrication of research data and information;
  • failure to notify JCU in a timely manner of a breach or instance inappropriate access to data and information held by the researcher;
  • failure to retain clear, accurate, secure and complete records of all research including research data and information;
  • failure to adhere to the conditions of any JCU policy or project-specific approvals that relate to the retention, sharing or destruction of research data and information;
  • selective retention of research data or primary materials so as to hinder the verifiability of a research output or access request; 
  • failure to apply appropriate security controls to research data and information; and 
  • failure to obtain necessary approvals or acting inconsistently with a condition of any approval granted in relation to the management of research data and information.

Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches

Breaches of the Research Code that relate to the management of research data and information will be managed in accordance with JCU's procedure, Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research Procedure.

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