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Research Data Management

Research Data Management

Costing Information

It is best as far as possible to cost data needs along with other costs at the beginning of a project. Costs for research data management [RDM] can and should be included in many funding applications.

Funding advisors can help with costing RDM for funding applications, but some University of Plymouth information around costs for all researchers can be found below:

Data Storage:

You currently have access to 1TB of storage on your personal OneDrive account, but you can also raise a support request with IT Self Service for a Research Site or to discuss bespoke storage needs.

For further information, please see the RDM page on Storage and Backup.

Note: Any alternative IT service will need to be funded by your project and support will be provided on best endeavours.

Insurance and services:

Check the University’s insurance will cover the research activities particularly if they will involve anything unusual or where an intervention will take place.

Do you require transcription services, website development or other commercial services which has a cost associated and will need to be included in any funding calculations? Suppliers will also need to comply with the University’s Procurement obligations so should be sourced prior to funding to ensure appropriate costs are included.  Check to see what University licences and services are already available to you before seeking your own. 

Information on approved suppliers can be found in Sharepoint on the Procurement site.

Archiving/ Preservation:

You can share your data using the university's PEARL repository with no additional cost. However, while we can handle as much data in total as you need to deposit, there is a limit on individual file sizes. To find out more, contact Open Research.

If you are depositing using another repository, they should include information on costs within their guidance. Our pages on Selection, Preservation and Sharing has more information on decided what to retain, for how long, and choosing a suitable repository. 

Additional costing resources that may be of use can be found below.