Basic data management guidelines: What do your data comprise?

Know your data!

Every student possesses large amounts of data and materials in various formats, including lecture notes saved on their laptops and seminar papers stored on the University’s network drive.

Keep track of your study-related data – they may come in handy at a later stage of studies. For example, you can use the list of sources compiled for your seminar paper again when writing your thesis.

All students handle research data when working on their thesis, if not earlier.

Research data are commonly defined to include all the material needed to justify and repeat the research results, as well as any other material that others may find useful.

Taking the definition further, research data can include

  • Physical or digital research source material (e.g., diverse archive material)
  • Data produced during the study (e.g., results from measurements)
  • Data collected using various methods (e.g., surveys, interviews, measurements, assessments, imaging)
  • Organised collections
  • Coded, catalogued, analysed and commented-on material at different levels
  • Different versions of analysed data
  • Physical and electronic laboratory journals
  • Source codes and software

Examples of data used in theses and research

You can find examples of research data related to your own field in the theses stored in the University’s Digital Repository.

Examples of research material used in master’s theses: