RDM Resources

This page contains a compilation of resources that can guide and assist researchers applying RDM best practices to their research.


General Learning Materials

MANTRA is an online course with multiple modules on different components of Research Data Management (RDM)

RDMRose Learning Materials has a variety of sessions that explore different components and applications of RDM

UK Data Archive's Best Practices for Researchers is an informative document that addresses all components of RDM

University of Connecticut workshops and training materials on different components of RDM application


Planning & Preparing

Data Management Plans


MANTRA DMP Module provides a good introduction to data management and planning throughout the research cycle.

Data Curation Centre provides tips for starting a data management plan

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research US guidelines for creating an effective DMP

Creating DMPs

DMP Builder run through the University of Alberta in Canada is powered by DMPOnline (generates RDM Plan in line with Canadian grant & institution requirements)

DMPOnline is an online DMP generator that follows UK funding and institutional requirements

DMPTool is an online DMP generator that walks researchers through USA funding and institutional requirements

Data Curation Centre direct link the word document for UK DMP

Funding Agency Guidelines

The following are all guidelines outlined by the funding agency with respect to data management and sharing!

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Tri-Council Granting Agencies

Major Funding Agencies and Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada  Government of Canada (Tri-Councils) 2013 paper on Canadian advances in digital scholarship, specifically capitalizing on Big Data


Collecting, Processing, & Analyzing

Documentation and Metadata

Metadata Example

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has an example of some fairly extensive metadata that might be worth it to take a peak at.

Standards for Metadata

Glossary of Metadata Standards collection and description of several different metadata standards

Dublin Core the most widely accepted standards for research data metadata

DDC’s list of Discipline-specific Metadata Standards useful if your particular field of study requires additional pieces of information to better contextualize the research data

Metadata Generator

Dublin Core Metadata Generator creates a Dublin Core standard metadata for your research data

Security & Storage


UK Data Archive general tips for storing your research data during and following your project

Handling Personal or Sensitive Data

University of Ohio's page with tips for handling sensitive data properly

Anonymising tips for anonymising sensitive or personal data to make it shareable


UK Data Archive acceptable data formats for long-term use and preservation of data


Preserving & Sharing


University of Oregon’s best practices for preserving and archiving data to prevent loss or damage

University of Wyoming discipline-specific data repositories


University of Oregon’s data sharing pages addresses best practices for sharing and provides information, considerations, and examples of different preservation and sharing permissions for research data.

Intellectual Property Rights & Ethical Considerations

Joint IP Policy policy paper that addresses intellectual property generated at McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences, and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) Copyright at McMaster list of policies and resources to help you better understand copyrights at McMaster University

Inetellectual Property Policies at Canadian Universities compilation of important information from intellectual property policies at many Canadian universities