Q. What are Research Data?


Research data are the recorded information that is necessary to support or validate a research project’s observations, findings or outputs. Data can be created in both digital and non-digital formats, and will vary in nature across disciplines, for example:

  • documents
  • spreadsheets
  • laboratory notebooks, field notebooks
  • diaries
  • questionnaires, transcripts
  • audio and video tapes
  • photographs, films
  • slides
  • artefacts
  • specimens, samples
  • collections of digital outputs
  • database contents (video, audio, text, images)
  • models, algorithms, scripts
  • methodologies and workflows
  • standard operating procedures and protocols

For more information, please see our Research Data Management LibGuide.


  • Last Updated Oct 17, 2018
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  • Answered By Nathaniel Barry

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