Material package to support students’ research data management (RDM) published

The University of Helsinki Data Support has published a material package that offers students and supervisors tools for planning research data management (RDM) already in the thesis phase. The package includes the updated Basic data management guidelines (guide), ”Do I have personal data?” test and the student’s data management plan (DMP) template.

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Text: Maija Paavolainen & Tuija Korhonen (Uni­versity of Hel­sinki Data ­Sup­port)

The topics of the Basic data management guide.

Basic data management guidelines has been published in English and Swedish. The guide originally published in 2018 has also been updated. The need to ensure detailed and timely instructions arose from a change in which the University of Helsinki became a joint data controller with the student in research, and the student is no longer solely responsible for the processing personal data. The university is also obliged to familiarize the student with the processing of personal data in research.

”Do I have personal data?” test helps to find out whether the research project contains personal data that must be taken into account in RDM. The test has been published in the REDCap data tool. The link to the test can also be found in the Basic data management guide’s ”What if your material contains personal data?” tab. The test is in Finnish and English.

The student’s data management plan (DMP) template (Word) can be downloaded from the ”Help and tools” tab of the Basic data management guide. In the same place, you can also find instructions for using the template. The DMP template and related instructions are currently only in Finnish.