Research data refers to "data that are used as primary sources to support technical or scientific enquiry, research, scholarship, or artistic activity, and that are used as evidence in the research process and/or are commonly accepted in the research community as necessary to validate research findings and results" (CASRAI). Examples of research data outputs include:
Other products that are not data themselves, but may be essential to understanding and working with data include:
Research data management is "the storage, access and preservation of data produced from a given investigation" over the entire lifecycle of the data, from planning to long-term preservation of data deliverables (CASRAI). The image below shows the various stages of the research data management lifecycle:
*Image courtesy of the Portage Network
The library's services focus on the planning, dissemination preservation and reuse parts of this cycle.