Research data management obligations
La Trobe University's Research Data Management Policy applies to both higher degree research (HDR) students and their supervisors. The documents make no distinction between HDR students and any other researchers as far as research data management obligations, defining researchers as "anyone undertaking or piloting research in association or affiliation with La Trobe including but not limited to academics, students, higher degree by research candidates, professional staff and third party associates."
According to the La Trobe University Research Data Management Policy, Section (14):
Supervisors of students enrolled in a higher degree by research are responsible for:
- Ensuring their students enrolled in a higher degree by research understand their responsibilities as researchers under the University Research Data Management Policy
- Taking joint responsibility with their students enrolled in a higher degree by research for the management of the students’ research data and primary materials.
These points clearly show that supervisors play a particularly important role in the data management process. Not only are supervisors and students jointly responsible for the management of data generated by the students' research, but supervisors have a further obligation to educate their students appropriately about the importance of research data management in the context of the research life-cycle and to clearly communicate the students' legal and ethical responsibilities with regard to the management of their data.