For the duration of a research project there will be an ongoing process of creating and managing data. Data management issues include:

  • Safe storage and backups to prevent data loss
  • Controlled access for researchers, both remote and on-site
  • File organisation: filenames & folder structure to ensure data is identifiable and easily located
  • Ongoing data documentation both for the current project and future users
  • Storing sensitive data to comply with Data Protection or commercial concerns
  • Storing non-digital data to ensure preservation and access


Several modules of the MANTRA training kit cover these topics:

  • Organising data
  • File formats & transformation
  • Documentation, metadata, citation
  • Storage and Security

Contact the Swansea University Research Data support team if you need advice or guidance on these issues.


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