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Research Data Management

Research Data Classification and Handling Guide

The Research Data Classification and Handling Guide has been put together by NTU Library, Research Integrity and Ethics Office and Research Support Office, to provide guidance on the proper handling of research data in NTU. This is to support compliance with the NTU Data Governance Policy (view policy | view Annexes - refer to Annex F for research datathat was issued on 8 February 2021. This guide also complements the NTU Research Data Policy.

The Guide is applicable to all persons involved in the collection/generation/acquiring, processing, analysing, archiving, preserving and providing access to research data. These persons include NTU faculty, research staff, staff, students, visiting personnel, and all persons engaged under a contract for service. In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the Policy and this Guide, the stricter terms will apply.

The Guide covers the following key areas:

1. NTU Research Data Classification

  • Definitions of Classification Levels
  • Types of Research Data for each Classification Level

2. Research Data (Digital and Non-digital) Handling Guidelines

  • Labelling
  • Storage and Access
  • Transmission
  • Retention
  • Disposal/Destruction



  • The online Research Data Classification and Handling Guide webpage is accessible only by NTU members. To access, click here.


NTU Research Data Storage Finder (accessible by NTU members only)