As a researcher, the next step is to obtain data, whether it is qualitative or quantitative. Perhaps the data is sourced online, conducted surveys or conducted tests and simulations. Whatever the discipline of the research project,  the findings are collected and captured in a digital space. There are platforms and tools that can assist in data collection and capturing that are accessible throughout the project lifecycle.


Digital tools and platforms can make a big difference in making you more efficient throughout your research project.  Digital tools and platforms can assist with project efficiency throughout the research lifecycle. These platforms assist with capturing, organising and storage of data. Having a DMP in place before data collection helps identify which data to capture and the suitable way to handle the dataset. Some work is required in setting up and maintaining the necessary software and databases ensures that data is captured well so that they can be analysed and processed for the next step.


There are various digital tools that can assist with data collection and capture. They can range from using Google Forms   or Microsoft Forms  to organise data straight into tables, or the use of more advanced platforms such as RedCap  to capture surveys. It is important to practice good digital scholarship to ensure that data is maintained, organised and secure. This can be done by always capturing all the information about the data you are capturing. DLS can offer guidance on best practices or look at one of our guides below the links.

Explore the RDM life cycle

Plan& design

Plan & Design

Preparing for your research project: this includes identifying what items (like data storage) need to be budgeted for and costing those, how data will be shared. All of this starts with a data management plan (DMP).
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Share & publish

Share & Publish

Publish both your data and your research output openly through one of the many general or discipline-specific platforms available to support open science.
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Manage, store & preserve

Manage & Store

Find out how best to manage, store and preserve your data to make sure you, and other researchers, can come back to it for reuse down the line.
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