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Managing Your Research Data

Tips & tools to help you manage your research data with less stress

Tips

Before deleting any data, make sure you know what your ethical and legal obligations are for keeping it (see the Plan page). Check out the Protect IU site. General guidelines include:

  1. Data must be kept for as long as may be necessary to protect any intellectual property resulting from the work. 
  2. If any charges regarding the research arise, such as allegations of scientific misconduct or conflict of interest, data must be retained until such charges are fully resolved. 
  3. If a student is involved, data must be retained at least until the degree is awarded or it is clear that the student has abandoned the work.

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