Are you working with data in the Life Sciences? Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about Research Data Management?

The ELIXIR Research Data Management Kit (RDMkit) is an online guide containing good data management practices applicable to research projects from the beginning to the end. Developed and managed by people who work every day with life science data, the RDMkit has guidelines, information, and pointers to help you with problems throughout the data’s life cycle. RDMkit supports FAIR data — Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable — by-design, from the first steps of data management planning to the final steps of depositing data in public archives.

The RDMkit organises information into the six sections displayed below, which are interconnected but can be browsed independently.

Data life cycle

Start here to get an overview of research data management. Click on a section of the diagram below to get an introduction to that stage of the data management life cycle.

Share Reuse Preserve Analyse Process Plan Collect

Your role

Identify your role in research data management, find data management resources relevant for you, and information to help you progress in your career path.

Your domain

Learn about the data management problems that affect your domain or research community, and the solutions adopted to address them.

All tools and resources

Browse the RDMkit's catalogue of tools and resources for research data management.

Tools assembly

Find concrete combinations of tools and resources assembled into a workflow for research data management.


This project would not be possible without the many amazing community contributors. RDMkit is an open community project, and you are welcome to join us!