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INF534 Research Data Management (8)


In the electronic era, huge datasets are generated through transaction activities in commerce, financial services, education, research and government; from research and social networking, geographical information systems, remote sensing and other scientific pursuits. These vast data have been termed a 'deluge', however, if managed well they can be very useful, for example, to open new lines of enquiry, reproduce and validate original findings, or to advance original research.  Data value increases as it is interconnected, networked, shared, used and reused. This data deluge presents a great opportunity for libraries, archives and other information managers to grow their roles. Data management is a growth area in academic, research and special libraries and will be an increasingly important set of skills for librarians and archivists. There are many information management activities related to data, for example, establishing archival plans for data selection, migrating data to new platforms and standards, creating finding aids for multiple user communities, and developing databases and technologies to support data creation, preservation, discovery, and reuse. This subject will provide librarians, archivists and other information managers with the background to provide the leadership in data management that funding agencies and academics are looking to libraries to provide.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have studied INF334 Data Management.
Incompatible subject(s)
INF334 INF449

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth and critical understanding of the legal, policy, and ethical frameworks for responsible data stewardship; 
  • be able to reflect critically on the role of data as evidence and its use in supporting research
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of technical standards in place for managing large volumes and apply this knowledge to practice;
  • be able to analyse, interpret and reflect on issues and trends in data management and curation and apply this to practice
  • be able to evaluate and critically analyse a variety of options for the management of data by research teams, data centers, libraries, and archives; and
  • be able to write and communicate effectively on issues and trends in data management and curation


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of data, data librarianship, and data curation
  • Role of data in research
  • Definitions of data and the nature of evidence
  • Data-driven scholarship and statistics
  • Data lifecycle & collaboration
  • Data archives and repositories
  • Intellectual property issues in data
  • Public policy for research data
  • Data curation
  • The role of libraries & archives in data management.


The information contained in the 2015 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 01 October 2015. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.