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Research Data Management

Ethical Collection, Storage and Usage of Data

If you plan to carry out research with people, their information or their tissue then you need to have human ethics approval before you start to collect data or recruit participants. Use the forms on the RMIT Researcher Portal to apply for human ethics approval. 

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) advises on issues to consider when dealing with sensitive data,. Some of these are:

  • If you plan to share the data, make sure you get informed consent for this from the research participants.
  • Protect people's identities by anonymising data where needed. 
  • Consider controlling access to the data.
  • Apply for an appropriate license if needed. 

For more information on human ethics visit RMIT's Human Research Ethics Website (Researcher portal)


Privacy and Research Data

Privacy is a component of ethical research practice.  Privacy legislation provides a set of principles which guides the responsible collection and handling of personal information by organisations, including RMIT University.

Ownership of Research Data

Ownership of research data can be difficult to determine when the research involves multiple researchers, externally sourced data, funding or contractual agreements.   

There are factors that influence ownership of data they are:

  • The University
  • External body or university
  • Funding agreements
  • Externally sourced data

The University – data created whilst employed at RMIT

The data will most probably be owned by RMIT as per RMIT’s IP Policy.

  • The University owns all R&I intellectual property created or developed by staff in the course of his or her duties.” Check the IP Policy for further clarification.

External body, university, or funding body – data created where a contract or agreement has been signed.  

The terms of the contractual agreement are crucial here.

  • The agreement will contain an Intellectual Property (IP) clause that will detail who owns intellectual property as a result of the research.  Generally it is the resulting IP (final output) that will be owned by the funding partner. Check the contract to see who owns IP.

Externally sourced data – you didn’t create the data it was sourced from a third party.

The data will be owned by the third party.

  • If the data is not clearly licensed under an open license such as Creative Commons, written permission of the owner of the data will be required.

Visit RMIT IP Module, for an overview of intellectual property as it relates to research undertaken at RMIT.

Need help with determining ownership contact