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Research Data Service: Data Collection

We are a university wide resource which supports and promotes best practice in data management.

Data collection or re-use of existing data

This aspect of data management is concerned with identifying what data (for example the kinds, formats, and volumes) will be produced and how it will be collected, including whether pre-existing data will be re-used. By considering your data in this way, in a DMP, you can effectively plan for the long-term preservation and data sharing when the project is complete. 

UCC Tools & Services for Data Collection

UCC IT Services provide a number of relevant tools and software packages for use in collecting and analysing research data.

Survey Tools  

If you want to collect research data using online surveys there are several options available from UCC, including LimeSurvey, Microsoft Forms, and Google Forms. Deciding which of the 3 tools to use depends on the level of security you require, what format you want the output in and if you have a requirement for the outputs to be stored on premises. See the IT Services webpage for further information.


Data Analysis     

A range of data analysis software is available to UCC researchers, including SAS, SPSS, Minitab, NVivo. These packages can be downloaded to devices connected to UCC wired network from the Software Centre. For students there are also options to purchase software at discounted rates. Other relevant tools in use in UCC are freely available online, such as R which is an open-source software environment for reproducible statistical analysis and graphics creation. 


Virtual/Remote Desktop 

The Virtual App provides on and off campus access to UCC applications and services. Through the use of Citrix this service provides a digital workspace for UCC researchers, users can access a remote computer or virtual machine over a network connection. A range of data analysis applications are available through the Virtual App, such as R, R Studio, SPSS and Minitab. It can also be used to access on-premises storage options

Clinical Research

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The HRB Clinical Research Facility at UCC can support Academic Clinical Researchers from concept development to grant submission. There HRB trained FAIR data steward is equipped to support and help investigators design data management and data sharing plans at application stage. The Statistics and Data Analysis Unit (SDAU) in the CRF-C welcomes questions on study design, data analysis and statistical methods from patient-focused research community in and around Cork. 

What is Research Data?

Research data is diverse in format and can be collected using a wide variety of methodologies. In general, it can be described as information generated, collected or observed during a research project. It is evidence used to support research conclusions and will go on to form part of the scholarly record.