‌Guidance, support & training

All researchers have a responsibility to properly manage the data they create/collect during the course of their research. The management of research data is sufficiently important that many research funders, and the University, have requirements for how it is managed.

The Library's Research Support Team is here to help. If you have any questions, want to know more, or if you want us to talk about RDM with groups of staff/students in your department, email us:

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RDM model

All research projects need to comply with University policy and good RDM practice by engaging with the mandatory elements of this model. As a minimum this ensures that we know what data has been produced and where it is.

RCUK Guidance on best practice in the management of research data

This guidance provides clarity on the Research Councils' expectations. It includes guidance on: data management plans; legal, ethical and commercial constraints on data release; limited period of privileged use of data; citation of data; and where costs for managing and sharing data could be sought.


Creating a Data Management Plan (DMP) is key to the successful management of research data. DMPonline, a free web-based tool provided by the DCC, can help you create an effective DMP that meets the requirements set by major UK funders. Sign in with your institutional credentials to see York-specific guidance.

EPSRC expectations

The EPSRC has changed its funding requirements with regards to the management of and access to EPSRC-funded research data. The University and its researchers are required to adhere to the EPSRC set of expectations.

Recording datasets in PURE

All University of York researchers must record the data they have selected for long-term retention in PURE. The record created in PURE will be discoverable through the York Data Catalogue, to provide a permanent and public record of the dataset describing the data, how it may be access and any constraints that may apply.

RDM workshops

We run regular workshops for research staff and students, which are part of the Researcher Development training programme.

RDM flowchart (PDF  , 83kb)

The flowchart illustrates the procedures underpinning good RDM practice.