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Research Data Management Guide: For HDR students

This guide aims to provide information and resources to support best practice in managing research data at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Is CDU eSpace appropriate for data you create for your PhD?

You are producing data in the course of your PhD work. When should this data be added to CDU eSpace?

  1. CDU eSpace is a storage for datasets that the researcher wants others to know about. eSpace’s purpose is to raise awareness of the existence of the datasets, and the project or research that produced them, and to inform others whom to contact to follow up queries relating to the data and research they support.
  2. Datasets can be kept hidden from public view in eSpace if there are particular reasons for this, but the eSpace record will alert others to the existence of the data, research and researcher(s), etc. These records, with contact details, will also be added to Research Data Australia.
  3. Interview data that has been anonymized can normally be made public in eSpace.
  4. Datasets in eSpace can be cited in publications that are derived from those datasets. eSpace gives the datasets a permanent stable address for these citations.
  5. A dataset in eSpace can also be given a DOI (a permanent digital object identifier) to facilitate citations and statistical reporting of the dataset.
  6. If the datasets produced for the PhD are not ready or suitable for the above functions of eSpace storage they should be kept on another server assigned by CDU for the student’s use. Options should be discussed with the thesis supervisor.
  7. At the end of the PhD work the datasets may then be complete and ready to be added to eSpace.



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