Research data is defined as recorded factual material retained by and accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings. Although the majority of such data is created in digital format, all research data is included irrespective of the format it was created in.
"…involves maintaining, preserving and adding value to digital research data throughout its lifecycle.
The active management of research data reduces threats to their long-term research value and mitigates the risk of digital obsolescence. Meanwhile, curated data in trusted digital repositories may be shared among the wider UK research community.
As well as reducing duplication of effort in research data creation, curation enhances the long-term value of existing data by making it available for further high quality research". DCC website (Accessed 18th February 2015)
Queen Mary has a Research Data Management and Access policy – approved in May 2013. The Research Data Management Group, formed in May 2014, is tasked with implementing and expanding research data management and curation services and resources.