The UNSW Research Data Management Plan (RDMP)

The UNSW Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) is a document which enables UNSW researchers to consolidate and summarise information regarding the management of data for their research projects. The RDMP should ideally be created prior to the start of the research project / activity.

The RDMP captures and records key information about your research, including:

  • Project governance: project information; i.e. what is the project title, the FOR (Field of Research) codes, the funding information, and who are the project personnel (what is their role and required level of access)?
  • Data organisation and documentation: data information; i.e. what sort of data are to be created or collected and how will data be managed?
  • Ethics, privacy and confidentiality: i.e. what are the ethics approval details and charactieristics of the data?
  • Intellectual property, copyright and ownership: data ownership considerations; i.e. who owns the data and how can the data be used?
  • Data storage: retention of data; i.e. what methods will be used to retain and store the data?

Collating the above details before you start working on your RDMP can help you complete the process more efficiently.

Please note that the RDMP is a living document – once it has been created (by clicking on the Submit button), you can continue making changes to it if, and when, you need to.

Your RDMP should always contain accurate information about your research and research team and be updated regularly to reflect all changes.

Completion of a RDMP is a requirement for allocation of storage in the UNSW Data Archive.

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When do I need to complete a UNSW RDMP?


  • When accessing the UNSW Data Archive: completion of a RDMP is a requirement for storage allocation.
  • Prior to the start of the research project
  • When applying for funding: 
    • Some funding agencies may require a data management plan as part of the grant application. The ARC Discovery Program application now includes a ‘Management of Data’ section in which applicants must ‘outline plans for the management of data produced as a result of the proposed research, including but not limited to storage, access and re-use arrangements’.
    • Note: if a funding agency requires a data management plan as part of the grant application, you, as the applicant, should refer to the funder’s specific requirements in the first instance.
How do I do it?


1. Log in to the ResData site. ResData is a Library service for managing UNSW research data. The service has two main components: 

2. You can start with just a few mandatory fields......and update your plan as your project continues.

3. See best practice sample plans for each discipline

Once you have created and submitted your RDMP, and if you have selected the option to store your data using the UNSW Data Archive, your request will be assessed and authorised by the project’s Lead Chief Investigator (LCI). This should take approximately two days. If you are a HDR Candidate, authorisation is automatic.

You will receive an email when the authorisation process is complete. Space will then be allocated for you on the Data Archive so that you can start uploading your content.

Note: It is possible to create a plan without having a project in InfoED. In this case you will need to complete some mandatory fields to create the RDMP.

More detailed information on how to complete the RDMP is available on the Create RDMP or Create HDR thesis plan UNSW Library pages.

For assistance with the ResData service and the completion of a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP), please contact your Faculty Outreach Librarian.

What should I include in my RDMP?


Your RDMP should outline: 

  • what data will be created, or collected, and where will they be stored
  • what policies will apply to the data
  • who will own and have access to the data
  • what facilities and equipment will be required 
  • who will be responsible for each aspect of this data management
  • File formats
  • Organisation and structure of the data


In relation to data sharing, consider the following aspects of the project:

  • How much (if any) of the data can be shared or published?
  • Who should be the contact person for access enquiries?
  • What sort of restrictions are there on access to data? For example, confidentiality of data that may be personally identifiable?

For assistance with the ResData service and the completion of a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP), please contact your Faculty Outreach Librarian.


More Information

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