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Research Data Management: Research data examples

Below are three examples on managing different types of research data.


Researcher conducts interviews

⇒ The interviews are recorded

⇒ Storing the interview data during the research project:

⇒ The interviews are transcribed: check your supervisor or P.I. for detailed instructions; general instructions are available in the FSD’s Data Management Guidelines.

⇒ Offer your transcribed and anonymized interview data to be deposited e.g. in FSD. See their website for guidance. (FSD does not archive audiovisual material. In Finland, audiovisual material are archived and disseminated for further research by the Language Bank of Finland.)

Diverse data

The researcher manages both literary and archival materials, and video recordings from their own and e.g. their students’ concerts.

Literary references and archival materials can be used both as reference materials and as research data. But since they haven’t been produced or gathered during the research, there is no need to deposit them again; just add them to your references or bibliography.

Video recording of your own performance ⇒ If you analyze the performance and write about it in your research, the video is research data.

Video recording of e.g. a student performance. Same as above


  • Dealing with works still under copyright, e.g. arrangements in schools, can be problematic. You might not be able to publish even short samples, and opening the data can be difficult for the same reasons.
  • Find out about the copyrights of the works you use!
  • In artistic research artistic works can have different roles during the research process. The author must define what is research data / materials during relevant stages, so that the reader can follow the research. Creators of artistic research often have to be able to justify their choices more, because there are fewer ready examples.

Audio visual materials

The researcher or artist has photographs or video recordings of their own or other artists’ works

⇒ when the works are analyzed and discussed in the research, they count as research data

The right to quote allows the researchers to publish certain parts of the work which are explicitly analyzed. A whole work can be published, if it’s analyzed as a whole. Copyrighted works cannot be published in the research if they are not being analyzed or written about.

In a concert recording the right to quote depends on whether the work or certain parts of it are being analyzed, rather than some other aspect of the performance.

Without the justification of the right to quote, the works analyzed in the research cannot be opened as research data.

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